Well done, Prince Harry. Now let’s get the services in place too.
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Opinion: Prince Harry was right to speak out on mental health, says Rachel Moore. But we need to make sure services are in place for everyone - especially our young people.
A psychiatrist told BBC Radio 4 this week that Prince Harry had done more for mental health in his 20-minute interview than he had achieved in a 30-year career.
As commendable as it was for the Prince to speak out, he was privileged to have had instant access to the best help when he needed it.
For others, opening up and being candid about how they feel doesn't mean automatic help comes on tap.
Mental health services are so underfunded. Finding the courage to ask for help doesn't mean you'll get it.
Waiting lists of months and emergency mental health patients being kept on general or acute medical wards waiting for a spare bed somewhere in the UK, especially under 18s - and way away from their families - is the norm.
Research by the Education Policy Institute Independent Commission on Children and Young People's Mental Health found that a quarter of young people seeing mental health care were turned away by specialist services because of a lack of resources. Waiting times for treatment in many areas are incredibly long.
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Awareness, as great as it is, will encourage more people to seek help for heir problems, but sadly does nothing to find the fast and effective help they need.