A man’s story about mental illness was cut from live TV because of the royal engagement and Brits are furious

When the news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had got engaged, the nation could scarcely contain its excitement. And, for much of the day, our television screens were plastered with shots and footage of the happy couple.

But, for one man who travelled from Edinburgh, Scotland, to London to talk about his depression and suicide attempt on TV, the day did not turn out to be as joyous. Brian Wilkie’s scheduled appearance on ITV’s This Morning was cut from the show to make way for the royal wedding news. And, many people have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment that this man’s story wasn’t heard. 

Last week, Ellie Wilkie tweeted a photo of her and her dad Brian with some words about his experience of living with mental illness. 

“This year began with my dad mentally suffering depression and suicide attempt. Today he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker,” she wrote. 

“Words can’t describe how proud we are,” she added. “It’s okay not to be okay.” 

Her tweet went viral, and led to them both being invited to appear on ITV’s This Morning show to tell their story. 

But, due to the royal engagement news, their segment was cut from the show’s schedule. 

“Due to breaking news our story was cut off live TV,” Ellie wrote. “The royal wedding will go ahead however mental health issues will always remain. Until next time Dad.”

Ellie’s tweet gained a great deal of attention online, with many people stating their disappointment that the segment was cut.

Some felt that given the princes’ extensive campaigning on mental health, the royals would have wanted the segment to go ahead. 

Many criticised This Morning for its decision to prioritise the engagement news. 

ITV did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/28/itv-this-morning-royal-engagement/

Kate Middleton chats about mental health in video for children and parents

Kate Middleton has spoken out about the difficulty in opening up about one’s mental health in a video aimed at children and parents. 

Appearing in a video for charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Duchess of Cambridge explained in simple terms what “mental health” means. 

“Mental health is how we feel and think, things that can’t really be seen but affect us everyday. And talking about them can feel difficult,” she said. 

The Duchess’ words act by way of introduction to a short animation aimed at children to help them find the words to talk about mental health. The Duchess explained that the animation can help figure out “what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own.” 

The animation gives a simple breakdown of what the term “mental health” means, and it features tips and advice from children and adults on talking about thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

“Sometimes it’s just a simple conversation that can make things better,” Kate added. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/19/duchess-of-cambridge-mental-health/