‘It’s absolute crap’ Piers Morgan’s verdict on UK mental health statistics

Ahead of Piers Morgan Uncensored, the TV host’s new interview-chat show which premieres tonight on Talk TV, Piers Morgan himself appeared in an interview on The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett. During the hour-and-a-quarter-long interview, the broadcaster and Dragon discuss everything from Piers’ career to the controversies he’s been involved in over the years, and they also touch on his views on the subject of ill health. mental.

Discussing his views on how mental health and mental illness are discussed by British society, he said: “I think this generation has lost the ability to look at mental toughness and resilience, to triumph over adversity and being tough in tough times, as badges of honor. They’ve almost become badges of shame. It’s a controversial issue and people say “you don’t care about sanity”, but I I don’t think so. I think we should separate mental health from mental illness. We all have mental health, but if you have mental illness, you need treatment.”

Later in the interview, he added, “I’m a very rare voice in the public arena, willing to give a slightly different perspective. I read a report last year that said 33 million people in Britain had mental illness. No, they It’s crap. It’s absolute crap. He continues: “And when a society claims it does, because a lot of people identify themselves as mentally ill when really they just have anxiety about exams or relationships or whatever – when we do that, it means people who really need help, don’t get it.”

He added: “It’s not about being callous or insensitive, I think my kids would tell you I spend hours talking about issues with them, but I always go back to ‘look, life is hard and you have to keep beating “.”

You don’t have to suffer in silence if you have mental health issues. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:

Samaritans: phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], confidential

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and will not appear on your bill

PAPYRUS: Voluntary organization to help suicidal teenagers and young adults. Telephone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to further information on its website

Students Against Depression: A website for depressed, moody, or suicidal students. Click on here to visit

Bullying UK: a website for children and adults affected by bullying. Click on here

Campaign Against Living Miserable (CALM): for young men who feel unhappy. Has a website here and a hotline: 0800 58 58 58

Piers Morgan made headlines last year when he stormed the set of Good Morning Britain, following an on-air row with weather presenter Alex Beresford over the Duke’s interview and the Duchess of Sussex with Oprah Winfrey. Piers said he did not believe Meghan Markle’s claims about mental health issues in the interview, and his comments received the most complaints to Ofcom in its history.

A CEO’s Diary is now available on YouTube. Piers Morgan Uncensored airs on TalkTV on April 25.