While attending the Virgin Money Giving Mind Media Awards, Prince Harry did something most would never even dreamed of- he thanked the media.
The prince who is often very wary of the media, surprised everyone when he thanked them for getting on board with ending the stigma surrounding mental health and helping to spread the word.
Speaking to the crowd at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, the fifth-in-line to the throne said: “I wanted to come here tonight to say thank you,
“At the beginning of the year, William, Catherine and I believed that the country was on the cusp of something special.
“We noticed that after decades of hard work from dedicated campaigners, people seemed ready for a different kind of conversation on mental health.
“Everyone was tired of stigma and scare stories around mental illness. And they were frustrated that it was always being written up in a negative way.
“They saw that their children were emotionally open in new ways that seemed positive and empowering.
“Finally, we were all beginning to grasp that mental fitness was an issue worth talking about, for every one of us.”
Continuing, Prince Harry said: “In classrooms, in workplaces, around the dinner table, between friends, and even between strangers, people are now really talking about their own wellbeing and how to help those around us.
“And while just talking doesn’t cure all ills, we are now shattering the silence that was a real barrier to progress,
“We are grateful that so many in the media got behind the Heads Together campaign – you helped make it the success it has been. But the biggest thanks has to go to the British public. You embraced it, you engaged with it and you normalised it.”
The awards recognise the top portrayals of mental health in digital, print and broadcast media.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry opened up about his struggles with mental health after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales when he was only 12-years-old that took him 20 years to address.