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Prince Harry: Social media impact on mental health needs to be discussed



Prince Harry has told a group of Wellington advocates that the impact of social media on mental health is a real issue that needs to be discussed.

  Prince Harry and Meghan talk to some schoolchildren outside the Maranui Cafe.

Prince Harry and Meghan talk to some school children outside the Maranui Cafe.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent this morning at the famous Wellington Cafe in Maranui talking to young psychiatry advocates about the importance of mental health education

Prince Harry asked Voices of Hope supporters about the role of social media and whether it plays a role in the number of young people with mental symptoms.

He said it was a real topic

"You're doing a really great job," Meghan told the guests before she started applauding.

Among the youth advocates was Ezekiel Raui from the community peer support group Key to Life. It is his second royal engagement this year after visiting Buckingham Palace.

Before he met the royal couple at Maranui Cafe, he said Morning Report The Duke and Duchess of Sussex showed amazing commitment to mental well-being.

He had a private audience with Harry and Meghan in June after winning one of the Queen's Young Leaders Awards last year.

Mr. Raui said the Duke and Duchess are authentic people who took care of it.

"What the Duke and Duchess are doing really well – and I hope is reflected in organizations across New Zealand – is their willingness to talk about their weaknesses and understand that this is a strength for New Zealand," said he.

  Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington

The Duchess of Sussex is talking to young fans outside the Maranui Café.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

In front of the cafe, a crowd of people waited eagerly for the couple, with cute children and cute dogs among the royal fans.

  Fans young and old gather in Maranui, including dogs.

Young and old gather in Maranui, including the dogs.


Photo: Jonathan Mitchell

  Nice fans in front of the Maranui Cafe.

Nice fans outside Maranui Cafe.
Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The royal couple have now traveled via Cook Street to the Abel Tasman National Park, where they will take a bushwalk and be pampered with a barbecue [19659007] Also, some of the park's youth ambassadors and local school children will meet for a tree-planting barbecue lunch.

Ranger of the Department of Conservation Andrew Lamason will show Harry and Meghan in the park's bays and says he will talk to them

He said the cloudy weather will not dampen spirits.

  Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, talk to Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora, the founders of Voices of Hope at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, talk to Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora , the founders of Voices of Hope at Maranui Cafe in Wellington.
Photo: Kensington Palace


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