In honor of the day observed annually on Oct. 10, the two made a comical video which both shared to their Instagram accounts Thursday.
“Really excited today,” the musician begins as someone shapes his beard. “I’m gonna go and, uh, film a thing with Prince Harry. (He) contacted me about doing a charity video with him, which is gonna be good. I’ve long admired him from afar.”
Once together, the royal thanks him for coming out, in his mind to support World Mental Health Day. “This, for me, is a subject and a conversation that’s just not talked about enough,” Harry said. “I mean, people all over the world are really suffering.”
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The two agree to write a song and seem to be on the same page/sheet of music until it’s obvious they are not.
“People just don’t understand what it’s like for people like us,” Sheeran says. “The jokes and the snide comments, and 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.’ “
“Um, OK,” Harry says, stumbling. “Slightly awkward. This might have been maybe a miscommunication, but this is about World Mental Health Day.”
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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. #WMHD Check out the accounts below for more resources and support: @Heads_Together @Calmzone @MentalHealthFoundation @CharityNoPanic @SamaritansCharity @YoungMindsUK @GiveUsAShoutInsta @Childline_official @LetsTalkAboutMentalHealth @Jedfoundation @Pandas_UK @Charitysane @MindCharity @TimeToChangeCampaign @RethinkMentalIllness @MentalHealthMates @ActionHappiness @MHFAEngland @DitchTheLabel @TheBlurtFoundation
Sheeran looks at the camera, shocked. “Oh, yeah, yeah,” he says. “Of course. No, no. I definitely knew that.” The artist then begins hitting backspace on his laptop’s keyboard on a document with a head that read “GINGERS UNITE.”
Beneath that, “HRH Prince Harry and the king of ging Ed Sheeran get together to change the perception of people with Moroccan sunset hair.”
Getting serious, the prince, beside Sheeran, ends the video by encouraging viewers to check in on people they know.
“Guys, this World Mental Health Day, reach out, make sure that your friends, strangers, look out for anybody that might be suffering in silence. We’re all in this together.”
Harry has long been an advocate of mental health, spearheading the campaign Heads Together launched in 2016, along with Prince William and Duchess Kate.
On Thursday, to mark World Mental Health Day, Harry went to St. Ann’s in Nottingham to visit two community youth programs he’s long supported, meeting with students he’s met on previous visits who are now mentors for younger students to help them manage and monitor their mental health at school and at home.
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” Harry said at the time.
“And it was only three years ago – funny enough – from the support around, and my brother and other people saying that, ‘You really need to deal with this. It’s not normal to think that nothing’s affected you.'”
Harry said instead of processing his grief for “the People’s Princess,” he stifled his emotions.
“My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” he shared. “It’s only going to make you sad; it’s not going to bring her back. So, from an emotional side, I was like ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything.’ So, I was a typical sort of 20, 25, 28-year-old running around going ‘Life is great’, or ‘Life is fine’ and that was exactly it.”
Harry said that when he began having the conversations he previously avoided he began to understand, “‘There’s actually a lot of stuff here I need to deal with…’”
“It was 20 years of not thinking about it and then two years of total chaos,” Harry recalled. “I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
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