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Prince Harry And Robin Williams's Son Discuss Their Shared Public Bereavement
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Prince Harry And Robin Williams's Son Discuss Their Shared Public Bereavement

Prince Harry and Robin Williams' son Zak have spoken out about the difficulties of grieving a public figure in their family.

The two were speaking in the documentary "The Me You Can't See: A Path Forward," which was released on Apple TV in the early hours of Friday and followed Oprah Winfrey and Harry's docuseries.

Robin Williams, a four-time Academy Award nominee, committed suicide in 2014.

“It was really difficult for me to separate the process of privately grieving versus sharing my grief with the general public at first,” Zak said.

“I didn't really get a chance to really focus on the private grieving process until a year and a half after my father died.”

One of the biggest risks we face in suicide prevention is the fear of the stigma associated with seeking help. THANK YOU to everyone who supports those in need. #nationalsuicidepreventionday pic.twitter.com/49FtjCMzjw — Zak Williams (@zakwilliams) September 11, 2020

“I think we have a lot of shared experience when you talk about that... when you see so many people around the world grieving for someone they feel as though they knew them better than you did in a weird way because you're unable to grieve yourself,” Harry, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, said.

“It's like... how are you grieving more for someone who was my parent while I can't grieve myself?”

Experts from the advisory board of "The Me You Can't See" discussed issues raised during the five-part series on mental health during the 90-minute show.

Earlier in the docuseries, Harry admitted he was "somewhat ashamed" of how he handled Meghan's suicidal thoughts before a charity event at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2019.

Jo Robinson, Orygen's head of suicide prevention research, raised the importance of openly discussing suicide and self-harm, which Harry picked up on.

Such communication gives voice to something that is "terribly distressing and terribly frightening for them to talk about," she says.

[email protected] and Prince Harry discuss how COVID-19 has affected the world's mental health and emotional well-being. Watch #TheMeYouCan'tSee on Apple TV+ https://t.co/tP72EVOJb2 pic.twitter.com/5tZGWbjY3l — Apple TV (@AppleTV) May 27, 2021

“I think it's so interesting because so many people are afraid of being on the receiving end of that conversation (about suicide) because they don't feel like they have the right tools to give the right advice, but what you're saying is you're there,” the duke said.

“Listen because, without a doubt, the best first step that you can take is to listen and be a part of that conversation.”

Harry also told Oprah that he believes mental health and climate change are "two of the most pressing issues that we're facing, and they're in many ways linked."

“The connecting line is about our collective well-being, and when our collective well-being deteriorates, it affects our ability to be caretakers of ourselves, of our communities, and, ultimately, of our planet,” the Duke of Sussex added.

“We need to create a more supportive culture for one another, where challenges don’t have to stay hidden, where vulnerability is healthy and encouraged, and, of course, where physical and mental health can be treated equally because they are intertwined.”

It takes courage to put yourself out there and share your story, especially on this scale. I am grateful to everyone who agreed to be followed, profiled, and be examples to the world. I thank you. I see you. #TheMeYouCan'tSee pic.twitter.com/uaBgice7PH — Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) May 21, 2021

Lady Gaga and Glenn Close also made appearances in the series, with Gaga discussing her serious mental health issues after being raped as a teenager.

Glenn returned for the conversation special to discuss the effects of Covid-19 on her health.

“It has directly affected my mental health, and it helped that I had a dog,” she told Harry and Winfrey.

“I believe – and I was thinking about this today – that we are in the midst of an amazing, unprecedented period, one that, in my opinion, represents as significant a shift in the world as 9/11.

“We are now living in a changing world, and it will take some time for us to articulate to ourselves what that means for us as individuals.”

If you or someone you know needs assistance, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. If you live outside of the United States, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a resource database.

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