Royal couple focus on men's mental health

During his quick visit to Melbourne Prince Harry has again taken time to acknowledge the importance of men's mental health.

Meghan and Harry meet mental health advocate Hunter Johnson.

Meghan and Harry have met mental health advocate Hunter Johnson at Melbourne's Government House. (AAP) Source: SBS

Prince Harry has again ushered men's mental health into the spotlight during his visit to Australia.

Alongside wife Meghan at Melbourne's Government House on Thursday, Harry met Hunter Johnson, co-founder of The Man Cave, a preventative mental health program for teenage boys.

Mr Johnson has been recognised by the Queen's Young Leaders program for his efforts in the sector.

The Man Cave works with schools, teachers, parents and community groups to deliver workshops, camps and presentations that explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health and gender equity.

The royal couple were given wristbands from a participant in program, which Meghan said was "fantastic" as they heard about its benefits for the mental health of young men.

During Wednesday's visit to Dubbo, Prince Harry twice raised the importance of mental health, once when addressing local farmers battling severe drought and then to a group of high-school boys.

The duke stressed it was important for men to talk about their mental health and seek help and support rather than suffer in silence.

Harry touched on his own struggles following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997 when he was just 12.

"You are all in this together and, if I may speak personally, we are all in this together," he said during his speech at a Dubbo park.

"Because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made. You will be continually amazed how life changes for the better."

The prince has become known for his mental health advocacy and founded the charity Heads Together with his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2016.

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Published 18 October 2018 at 3:58pm
Source: AAP