A new documentary called Football, Prince William and our mental health will be broadcasted on Thursday 28th May 2020 at 20:05 BST. In the documentary, Prince William speaks to some football legends about being a parent, losing his mother at a young age, and also about men’s mental health. Football is considered to be a rough and tough game and the players are always told to man up or be a man. This has made players hide their emotions and pain. In the documentary, the ex-footballer and current Chelsea football club manager revealed that he was ‘stuck in the stone age’ when it came to be expressive. He also admitted that he lacked maturity when he was young and men need to be more comfortable in expressing their feelings. He said “But from my playing days we wouldn’t; we were stuck in the stone age in many ways. I was certainly at fault for it. Now I look back and go: ‘I wish there was a bit more maturity.’”
In the documentary, Prince William also learned about a lot of league players facing mental health problems like depression, stress, etc. He believes that it is the trauma of the two world wars and suppressed feelings that have lead to this issue today. ‘That made a whole generation internalize their problems because they just wanted to get on with life and move on, but right now we have to start questioning whether that’s still relevant in today’s world’, he said.
He addressed the issue and told how he handles that problem by talking and expressing. He said “it’s about feeling confident enough to start that first conversation and say, “Things aren’t great”. It’s okay to not be okay’.
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