The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just unfollowed members of the royal family on Instagram, but the shocking change is actually incredibly sweet. Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry revealed that they are leveraging their massive following on IG as a platform to promote causes they support and would like to bring more attention to.
According to the royal couple, May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. and that May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.K. “To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection – to not just hear each other, but to listen,” they captioned a collage of nine photos.
From now until May 31st, the Sussexes are following only 16 accounts from their official profile (@SussexRoyal). The number of accounts they choose to follow will rotate monthly, depending on the charitable theme and organization they choose to lend their support to.
“There are countless organizations doing amazing work for mental health – please consider the accounts we’ve highlighted as a small snapshot of this global support network,” the caption continued. The pair noted that ” we are all in this together” and encouraged their followers to not only follow the elite organizations, but also learn more about what each charity does.
Below, we highlight all 16 profiles the Duke and Duchess are supporting for May 2019:
Talk Space (@talkspace)
This is an app that brings the benefits of therapy and counseling to users straight to their mobile devices without leaving their safe spaces.
Black Mental Health Matters (@blackmentalhealthmatters)
“My mission with Mental Health Matters, Black Mental Health Matters, Black Minds Matter and Mental Health Babes is to save lives but more importantly save black lives. And also make black people more aware of this issue,” reads the about page of the organization.
Pandas Foundation (@pandas_uk)
A U.K.-based organization that focuses on supporting parents and caregivers who are going through a perinatal mental illness.
Bryony Gordon (@bryonygordon)
Gordon is a journalist from the U.K. and founder of Mental Health Mates, an organization that offers a peer support group for anyone with mental health issues. She also uses her personal account to promote mental health and body positivity.
Born This Way Foundation (btwfoundation)
Co-founded by Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation strives to inspire youth and build better communities.
SuperSoul Sunday OWN Network (@supersoul)
Oprah Winfrey’s daytime series promotes inspiring content and ways to live your best life.
Heads Together (@heads_together )
This organization is part of the Royal Foundation, which is run by Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, Prince William, and Duchess Kate. It works with youth,emergency response workers, homeless charities, and veterans to help spread mental health awareness and healing.
Kind Campaign (@kindcampaign)
Since it’s inception in 2009, the Kind Campaign has actively been promoting awareness and healing to girl-against-girl bullying.
With Hope (@withhopeuae)
Based in the United Arab Emirates, this community hopes to inspire their fellow countrymen to be volunteers and advocates for prioritizing mental health.
Anxiety UK (@anxietyukofficial)
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are not overlooking anxiety and the role it plays in mental health. They are lending their support to Anxiety UK, to help relieve those who are dealing with anxiety attacks.
I WEIGH (@i_weigh)
Founded by actress and activist Jameela Jamil, I Weigh promotes body positivity and to redefining society’s standard of beauty.
The Class By Taryn Toomey (@theclass)
Taryn Toomey is a trainer in New York City and L.A. who promotes both physical and mental health through mat-based workouts. Her profile is a mix of mellow images, workouts, and motivational quotes.
The Man Cave (themancave_aus)
Founded by two Aussie pastors, the organization was merely an idea until a close friend tragically died by suicide in 2017. Currently, their main goal is to “lower the suicide rate amongst men of all ages,” according to the organization’s website.
Crisis Text Line (@crisistextline)
A free 24/7 international service that allows people in crisis to send a confidential text message from their mobile phones. (HOME to 741741 in the United States.)
Matt Haig (@mattzhaig)
Haig is a British author and his most recent work is NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET, a memoir about dealing with a chaotic life. His Instagram profile is filled with plenty of inspiring quotes to encourage you to keep moving.
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