The dynamic ginger duo released a video to Instagram just in time for World Mental Health Day, connecting users to important resources.
On Thursday, October 10, people across the globe celebrated World Mental Health Day, an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and erase the stigma of various mental illnesses. As we become more familiar with mental illness and develop a vocabulary to explain symptoms in a way that previous generations didn't have access to, its impact in society has become more prominent. Therefore, in order to get people talking about mental health and connect individuals to useful resources, Prince Harry and pop music sensation Ed Sheeran paired up to release a hilarious but equal parts important video, CNN reports.
The official Instagram page for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the video on social media platform Instagram, stating, "It’s World Mental Health Day! Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you. There’s no need to suffer in silence - share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing, and listen for the answer. Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together." They then linked numerous accounts, urging users to check out the various mental health resources available to them in the United Kingdom.
The video itself was a short skit scripted and acted out by the ginger funnymen. Prince Harry is seen welcoming Sheeran to his house, where they sit down at a table in preparation for an important discussion. The Duke begins, "This for me is a subject and conversation which is just not talked about enough, I think people all over the world are really suffering." He then suggests that perhaps Sheeran could write a song to raise awareness and erase the stigma. It becomes clear, however, that perhaps the pair was not on the same page when Sheeran responds.
"People don't understand what it's like for people like us," he replies. "With the jokes and snide comments. I just feel like it's time we stood up and said, 'We're not going to take this anymore. We're ginger and we're going to fight.'" Evidently, Prince Harry had quite the puzzled look slapped across his face. He says in response, "Um, slightly awkward..." Prince Harry then goes on to explain that he had invited Sheeran over to discuss mental health, to which he says, "No, no, I definitely knew that." Meanwhile, the video displays the 'Shape of You' singer erasing the title "Gingers United" from a Powerpoint presentation he had created on his laptop. The video then cuts to a clip of the singer and the Prince side by side, facing the camera. Prince Harry states, "Guys, this [World] Mental Health Day, reach out, make sure that your friends, strangers, anybody who might be suffering in silence - we're all in this together. Cheers."
The funny yet meaningful video has been appreciated by individuals everywhere. One user commented, "This is brilliant, a fantastic way to spread a brilliant and much-needed message about World Mental Health Day. (Who else would actually love a 'Gingers Unite' duet from them? Can that be made into a thing please?)" Another added, "Thank you, Prince Harry, for all the work you do on mental health. Thanks also to Ed Sheeran for speaking too. Thanks to all the teams. A subject so important to us all. Thank you, Prince Harry, for speaking frankly and using your platform to highlight such an important subject."
In addition to the video, Prince Harry made a visit to a school in the British city of Nottingham in order to chat with students about mental health and some of the challenges they face in education as students. Mental health has been an important tenet of Prince Harry, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton's activism in the past year. The Royal couples also voiced a public service announcement for a campaign called #EveryMindMatters earlier this week, encouraging people to use an innovative and free online platform to relieve stress when necessary.