"Diana Effect": How Princess Diana Helped Many Seek Help For Mental Health Issues

Date May 16, 2018

Mental health is a serious growing public health concern. It's estimated that about 1 in 6 people in the US and the UK have a mental illness. The problem with these issues is that they often remain unreported by those affected. But there's some evidence that famous and influential people can change the situation, at least to some extent. When public figures talk openly about their own problems and urge people to seek help for theirs, it can motivate people.


Eating disorders, is a group of mental conditions which includes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, have been gaining public attention. More and more people are becoming aware now that bulimia is not a choice, and it cannot be simply "wished away" by those who have the disorder. This fact isn't widely known, but the increasing awareness may have something to do with Princess Diana's revelations about her own struggles with bulimia more than two decades ago.

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In 1992, Princess Diana's biography "Diana: Her True Story" written by Andrew Morton saw the light of day. Among other revelations, the book details Diana's struggles with bulimia and self-harm. The Princess was unhappy in the later years of her marriage to Prince Charles, and she wasn't shy to speak out about her feelings in numerous interviews following their separation.


When the couple was still married, Diana couldn't cope with pressure coming from the family she was part o,f and with her husband's infidelities, and lack of affection. So, food binges were an attempt to come it all over.

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When the word got out about Diana’s bulimia, there was an increase in the number of reported cases of the disorder. When she herself spoke frankly about the issue and how it affected her, many of those struggling with bulimia decided to get help.


Diana’s work to raise awareness about this and other health issues inspired her sons, and they followed suit. Here's one recent example: William and Harry have recently joined an awareness campaign by a mental health charity Heads Together.


The “People’s Princes” helped many of those affected by mental health issues realize that speaking out about their struggles is not a sign of weakness, but a brave thing to do. Even after her passing, Diana’s actions continue to change the world for the better.

Source: TIME, HealthLine, Eating Disorder Hope

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