Prince Harry's mental health call can inspire others

CPFT clinician Laura Bratt says Royal's words will bring hope and help

Prince Harry's mental health call can inspire others
25 July 2016



A clinician at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has praised Prince Harry’s decision to open up about his own mental health.

Laura Bratt said Prince Harry speaking of his regret that he had not talked about the death of his mother, Princess Diana, until three years ago, would give hope to others.

The Prince (above) was talking at the launch of a new charity, Heads Together, which was attended by sports stars such as Rio Ferdinand, Dame Kelly Holmes and Victoria Pendleton.

He said: "It is OK to suffer, but as long as you talk about it. It is not a weakness. Weakness is having a problem and not recognising it and not solving that problem."

Laura, practitioner with CPFT’s Psychological Wellbeing Service (right), said: “Prince Harry’s words are really welcome. It is absolutely not a weakness to have mental ill-health, and it goes to prove that anyone can be affected, regardless of status or success.

“Our service gives people the chance to seek the support that’s right for them and help them on the path to recovery.

“Prince Harry said he waited 16 years after his mother’s death in 1997 before he spoke about it. I hope people can draw inspiration and strength from that as it is never too late to take the talking therapy path.”

CPFT’s Psychological Wellbeing Service helps those who are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression.

It is an NHS service, it is free, and open to anyone who is registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Treatments available include individual therapy, guided self-help, group sessions including training in mindfulness, a range of psychotherapy courses and online options.

People can refer themselves to the service by visiting the CPFT website – www.cpft.nhs.uk - or by calling 0300 300 0055. The lines are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community health services, mental health services and learning disability services, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as children’s community services in Peterborough.

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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