Diana, Princess of Wales, is celebrated for her glamour and humanitarian work. She is also known to be an early mental health advocate who brought attention to mental health issues through her personal experiences and charitable endeavors.


Diana publicly confessed to having anxiety, due to her fame, public attention, and a constantly scrutinized high-profile marriage in the public eye.

Bulimia Nervosa

The Princess of Wales remains one of the earliest advocates against body-image issues and the eating disorder bulimia nervosa. 

Postpartum Depression

Diana publicly spoke of the challenges of postpartum depression following the birth of her first child and how it negatively influenced her motherhood expectations.


The late royal's admission of self-harm and multiple attempts of suicide when she was in depression helped to elicit effective mental health conversations.

Childhood Trauma

Diana spoke openly about the psychological impact of her parents' divorce, including how it affected her self-esteem and ability to form relationships. 


Despite her royal status, Diana often spoke about feeling isolated, emphasizing the importance of social connections for mental health. 

Stigma In HIV/AIDS

Diana's work with HIV/AIDS patients helped reduce the social stigma associated with the disease and promote empathy for the sufferers.  

Disability And Traumatic Shame

The Princess worked to raise awareness about trauma, disability shame, and social isolation in landmine survivors in Bosnia. Her involvement resulted in an indefinite ban on landmines. 

How did Princess Diana's mental health advocacy change mental health conversations? 


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