Prince Harry and Meghan Do Instagram Purge Then Support 16 Mental Health Causes
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have reconfigured their joint "Sussex Royal" Instagram account to follow only 16 other accounts around the world as a gesture towards mental health support.
Timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. and the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19) in the U.K., the pair even unfollowed the accounts of high-profile family members "Kensington Royal" (the account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine Middleton) and "Clarence House" (Charles, Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall).
With 7.8 million followers on Instagram, the Sussex Royals will surely bring a lot of attention to these 16 following accounts and the causes they support. Below is a short breakdown on each of those accounts:
A British author and journalist, Haig's children's book Father Christmas And Me was a bestseller. However, it's his 2015 book Reasons To Stay Alive which documents how he learned to live with his depression at age 24 which resonates deeply.
This account focuses on promoting mental health awareness in and around the United Arab Emirates and related communities.
Started by The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, I Weigh encourages body positivity healthy eating habits. Jamil, who's a critic of fad diets and body shaming, encourages followers to use #iweigh hashtags to post unedited or airbrushed photos.
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. The organization operates in Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The exercise and wellness movement created by Taryn Toomey features elements of yoga, calisthenics and a tailored musical experience to create a mindful and emotionally fulfilling experience.
Started by Andy Puddicombe, a sports scientist who became a Buddhist monk, Headspace uses animation, videos and articles to provide guided meditation for its users.
"Promoting Healthy Masculinity," The Man Cave creates programs for schools, parents and teachers with a focus on helping young men navigate masculine identity, relationships and mental health.
A signature Oprah Winfrey program, SuperSoul Sunday "delivers insight and inspiration from renowned thought leaders to awaken viewers to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them."
Started by Gabriel Lee, Black Mental Health Matters uses its same-named clothing line to support "brown men and women... who are suffering from mental illness and create a space for them to tell their story."
Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information and support services
Pandas a national charity in the U.K. supporting families coping with pre and post-natal mental illnesses. The organization provides both online and phone support for those in need.
Founded in 2009, the Kind Campaign is a documentary film, series of school programs and social movement designed to combat the effects of girl-against-girl bullying.
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation "is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world." The foundation uses evidence-based programming and partnerships to work with young people to build kinder communities and improve mental health resources.
An English journalist, Gordon's second book Mad Girl detailed her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia, alopecia and drug dependency.
This online therapy provider has a network of more than 3,000 licensed therapists to provide online, lower-than-traditional-cost therapy.
A mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Heads Together fundraises for "a series of innovative new mental health services." These include using digital technologies to support and improve the quality and availability of education about mental health as well as developing an instant access text messaging service for people in immediate need of mental health services.
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