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James Middleton details hard mental health battle in heartfelt Instagram post

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Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

James Middleton has spoken candidly about being diagnosed with clinical depression to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Duchess of Cambridge's younger brother posted photos of himself with his dogs days before being given the diagnosis, and detailed how nature helped improve his emotional health.

"It has been exactly 1255 days since I got diagnosed with clinical depression but that day was the first day I learnt about mental health and how it is integral to the way we live our lives," he wrote on Instagram.

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"Ten days later I disappeared, I packed my dogs into my car and, telling no one where I was going, drove to a wild and remote part of the Lake District. There I swam in an icy lake, took solitary walks on snow-capped mountains and stayed alone in a remote cottage, trying to still the tumult in my mind. Why did I do this? I wanted to be in Nature. Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health."

James revealed how beekeeping and walking his dogs has helped to reduce his anxiety, and how nature has provided a "fantastic support" for his mental health and wellbeing.

Recalling his trip to the Lake District and climbing a mountain, he added: "I cried and I absorbed everything that nature could give me giving me the strength to tackle the upcoming battle to overcome my depression- fast forward three years and each time I climb that mountain always say thank you for playing an unknowing part of my recovery."

James has previously opened up about suffering from mental health issues, and how the duchess has supported his recovery, which included her attending his cognitive behavioural therapy sessions with him (via The Telegraph).

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