Kate’s bro on men­tal ill­ness fight back

Sunday Mail (UK) - - John Niven -

The brother of the Duchess of Cam­bridge has re­vealed how he suf­fered de­pres­sion and came close to giv­ing up his busi­ness.

James Midd l e ton de­scribed the ill­ness as a “can­cer of the mind”.

The 31-year- old stopped com­mu­ni­cat­ing with his friends and fam­ily.

He said that al­though he didn’t con­sider sui­cide, he did not want to live with his state of mind.

James – owner of card com­pany Boomf – said he felt he has a duty to speak out be­cause his sis­ter Kate and her brother- in- law Prince Harry lead Heads To­gether, a char­ity who tackle men­tal health is­sues.

James – who also has at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der – said he was hit with cl in­i­cal de­pres­sion in De­cem­ber 2016.

He re­called: “The best part of 2017 passed in a fog. I barely func­tioned.

“I stopped talk­ing to my friends, went through the mo­tions of l iv­ing and work ing but achieved noth­ing at all.

“I came very close to shut­ting my com­pany down.”

He added that af ter “months of sleep­less­ness” he con­tacted his doc­tor.

He said: “When I rang her, I felt as if I was try­ing to hold in a wa­ter­fall of emo­tion.”

He man­aged to say: “I’m not OK. I need some help.”

James said his as­so­ci­a­tion with the royal fam­ily has led him to voice his story.

He added: “If I could leave you with just one thought, it would be this – it’s OK not to be OK.”


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