Princess Diana Speech: Women and Mental Health

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Princess Diana Speech: Women and Mental Health

Learn English with Princess Diana. At a Turning Point conference in 1993, Diana speaks about the plight of women who suffer from depression and find themselves hooked on pills. This is one of her most powerful speeches, as she speaks from her heart and experiences. Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales—the heir apparent to the British throne—and was the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997 and subsequent televised funeral. Her legacy has had a deep impact on the royal family and British society. In this speech, she also quotes: “Each person is born with very individual qualities and potential. We as a society owe it to women to create a truly supportive environment in which they too can grow and move forward.” – Watch with big English subtitles.

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Princess Diana Quote: Only do what your heart tells you.

“Only do what your heart tells you.” Princess Diana

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“Where do we begin?

From those I have spoken to through my work with Turning Point, the beginning seems to be that women in our society are seen as the carers – the ones who can cope. Whatever life throws at them – they will always cope.

On call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, whether their children are sick, their husbands are out of work or their parents are old and frail and need attending – they will cope. They will cook and clean, go out to work, attend to the needs of those around them – and they will cope.

They may be suffering themselves, from post-natal depression, violence in the home or struggling in a daze of exhaustion and stress to make ends meet – but they will cope.

Strangely, it is women themselves as well as men who believe this to be true. So deep seated is this belief that it can take enormous courage for women to admit they cannot cope, that they may need help. Either from family and friends or the support systems put in place by you the professionals.

Frequently they will attempt to survive it alone, falling help-lessly into a deeper and darker depression as they feel more and more trapped by the life they are leading. As their world closes in on them their self-esteem evaporates into a haze of loneliness and desperation as they retreat further and further from those who could help them.

Many women and men turn to alcohol to numb the pain of their despair. But because it is seen in women as less acceptable to admit to a dependence on alcohol, it often goes unnoticed. They are merely perceived as having a ‘rather nervous disposition’. The suffering behind their anxious eyes so often goes unseen.

Sadly, for others the strain becomes too much and their decision to take their own life seems to them the only way of ending their pain. Perhaps they didn’t believe they deserved the same support they had given to others?

For those who find the courage tentatively to ask for help the pill for every ill is most often administered. For decades tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-depressants have been given to generations of women – three times as many as to men!

These pills, these mother’s little helpers have left a legacy of millions of women locked into a terrible torment, doomed to a life of dependence from which there is still very little help to escape. More often than not they retreat into their own private hell behind closed doors. Terrified to go out of their homes into what to them has become a frightening world. Dealing with these pills has now become a greater problem than the ‘condition’ that caused them to be taken in the first place!

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