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‘There Is No shame In Having A Bad Day’ – Prince Harry Encourages Wuse Lightway Academy Abuja

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The royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the Wuse Lightway Academy in Abuja this morning before meeting with the wounded soldiers and their families as a show of support to improve the soldiers’ morale and wellbeing.

Speaking at Wuse Lightway Academy this morning, Prince Harry gave a speech about mental health, evoking memories of his suffering after his mother Princess Diana‘s death.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greeting people at the Lightway Academy in Abuja

In some cases around the world, in more than you would believe, there is a stigma when it comes to mental health.

 

Too many people don’t want to talk about it, because it’s invisible – something in your mind that you can’t see. It’s not like a broken leg, it’s not like a broken wrist, it’s something we are still relatively unsure of.

‘But guess what? Every single person in this room – the youngest, the oldest – every single person has mental health.

 

So, therefore, you have to look after yourselves to be able to look after other people and other people have to be able to look after themselves to be able to look after you. That’s the way it works.

And there is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day, OK? That you woke up this morning feeling sad; that you were at school, feeling stressed; that you’ve lost a loved one in your family and you don’t know who to turn to or who to speak to. All of these things you may even be led to believe are not for conversation.

 

We are here today to tell you that that is not the case. Every single one of those things is completely normal, it is a human reaction, whether it’s grief, stress, or whatever the feeling is. It comes from an experience that you have had – you can have it, she (Meghan) can have it, I can have it. They can have it. Every single one of us is likely to have it on any given day.

 

So if you take anything away from today, just know that mental health affects every single person.

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The couple helped greet guests at the mental health awareness event.

The Duke of Sussex served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot gunner, after which he founded the Invictus Games in 2014 to offer wounded veterans and service members the challenge of competing in sports events similar to the Paralympics.

Nigeria was among the nations that participated in last year’s edition of the games.

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Prince Harry chatted to adults and children during the visit

The Nigerian military has touted the Invictus Games as one which could help the recovery of thousands of its personnel who have been fighting the homegrown Boko Haram Islamic extremists and their factions since 2009 when they launched an insurgency.

Read Also: ‘I See Myself In All Of You’, Says Meghan Markle As She Addresses Students Of Wuse Lightway Academy In Abuja

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