'Incredibly powerful': Suicide prevention expert says Meghan Markle's disclosure could help break stigma

The royal interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has touched many nerves, with the special touching on personal topics including race and mental health.

News 12 Staff

Mar 8, 2021, 11:31 PM

Updated 1,139 days ago

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The royal interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has touched many nerves, with the special addressing personal topics including race and mental health.
In the interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle detailed having suicidal thoughts and also alleged that members of the royal family talked to the couple about how dark their son's skin color would be.
Jennifer Schatzman, of the nonprofit group Racism Has No Home Here, was one of those glued to her television Sunday night. Her 5-year-old son is biracial and said she was left feeling sad by the interview.
"Having to hear that people were concerned about the color of her unborn child's skin. I mean that's a devastating thing to think about, because you want to in some idealistic vision of the world, think that doesn't matter, and it just drove it home that it matters every day," says Schatzman.
As for Markle's openness with her struggles with mental health, saying she "did not want to be alive anymore," suicide prevention experts like Meryl Cassidy say it's a potential game-changer.
"I think it's incredibly powerful to have a public figure that so many people admire, or look up to, or relate to, talk about openly about suicide," says Cassidy. "The stigma and shame around reaching out for help is one of the biggest barriers for people."


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