Prince Harry: The impact of social networks on mental health must be discussed

adminOctober 29, 2018




Prince Harry told a group of mental health advocates in Wellington that the impact of social media on mental health is a real issue that needs to be discussed.

Prince Harry and Meghan talk to some school children outside of Maranui Cafe.

Prince Harry and Meghan talk to some school children outside of Maranui Cafe.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex spent time this morning at the well-known café in Wellington, Maranui, talking to the mental health advocates of young people about the importance of mental health education with a cup of tea.

Prince Harry asked the advocates of Voices of Hope about the role of social networks and whether this plays an important role in the number of young people experiencing mental health symptoms.

He said it was a real issue that needed to be discussed.

"You are all doing a really excellent job," Meghan told the guests before beginning a round of applause.

Among the youth advocates was Ezekiel Raui, from the peer support community group, Key to Life. It is his second real engagement this year after visiting Buckingham Palace.

Before meeting with the royal couple at Maranui Cafe, he told Morning report The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex showed an incredible commitment to the well-being of mental health.

He had a private audience with Harry and Meghan in June, after winning one of the Queen's Young Leaders Awards last year.

Mr. Raui said that the duke and the duchess were real people who cared.

"What the Duke and the Duchess do really well, and what I hope is reflected in some way or form in the New Zealand organizations, is their willingness to talk about their vulnerabilities and understand that this is a strength for New Zealand" , He said.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Maranui Cafe in Wellington.

The Duchess of Sussex speaks to young fans outside Maranui Cafe.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

A crowd waited anxiously outside the cafeteria to take a look at the couple, with cute children and cute dogs among real fans.

Young and old fans gather in Maranui, including dogs.

Young and old fans gather in Maranui, including dogs.


Photo: Jonathan Mitchell

Cute fans outside of Maranui Cafe.

Cute fans outside of Maranui Cafe.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The royal couple has traveled through the Cook Strait to the Abel Tasman National Park, where they will make a hike through the mountain and will be treated with a barbecue.

They will also meet with some of the park's youth ambassadors and children from local schools at a barbeque lunch to plant trees.

Conservation Department ranger Andrew Lamason will show Harry and Meghan through the bays of the park and says he will talk to them about conservation efforts in the area.

He said that the cloudy weather will not moisten any spirit.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speak with Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora, founders of Voices of Hope at Maranui Cafe in Wellington.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, speak with Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora, founders of Voices of Hope at Maranui Cafe in Wellington.
Photo: Kensington Palace



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