Piers Morgan says young people need to toughen up and stop claiming they have mental health problems – ‘it’s just life!’

PIERS Morgan has said that young people need to "toughen up" and stop claiming to have mental health problems in The Sun's exclusive interview.

The 56-year-old star insisted that while he is incredibly sympathetic to those genuinely suffering, many people feign mental illness over things that are "just life".

While the outspoken TV presenter said that he has never tried therapy, he believes it can be a vital tool in helping those who do have mental health issues.

However, he also suggested that the ongoing conversation around the topic has led more people than ever to think that they have a condition.

He told us: “I strongly believe those who need help should get help. What I don’t believe is that 37 million people in this country are mentally ill, which is what reports are saying.

"We are encouraging a generation of young people to think that normal life stuff is actually mental illness.

"That grief, which everyone has to go through, or anxiety – which everyone gets at some stage over exams or boyfriends or girlfriends, or taking your driving test – this is normal life stuff."

Piers went on: "Kids need to be more mentally strong and resilient about normal life stuff. And this will allow more time and money to go into helping people with genuine mental illness.

"I have a real issue with the way the mental health issue is being conducted – the numbers go up every year. Nearly every young person has been led to believe they’ve got a mental illness.

"The more we talk about it, the more mental health cases we get. And I certainly don’t like it as an excuse to make people lose their jobs because someone has been telling porky pies…"

The cheeky final reference is of course a dig at Meghan Markle, with Piers questioning her claims that she was suicidal leading to him leaving Good Morning Britain in March.

He sensationally said that the Duchess of Sussex repeatedly lied during her controversial televised interview with Oprah, and badly besmirched the Royal family.

It subsequently transpired Meghan, 39, had contacted ITV boss Carolyn McCall and complained to broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

She accused the presenter of dismissing her claims of feeling suicidal and potentially harming those with mental health issues during a row with weatherman, Alex Beresford.

The show itself, and Piers’s now infamous rant, has gone on to become the most complained programme in television history.

It was also GMB’s most watched – and, alongside co-presenter Susanna Reid, the pair overtook rivals BBC Breakfast in the ratings for the first time.

Piers’s departure caused a maelstrom on social media, and he was bombarded – even more than usual – with those defending him, plus Meghan’s chippy uberfans who deluged him with bile.

Presumably, then, given ITV’s obsession (quite rightly) with duty of care, was Piers offered therapy?

“No!”, he laughed. “ITV didn’t offer me any support because no-one cares about people like me. It doesn’t work the other way.

“The woke brigade only care about themselves, and they only care about cancelling anyone who doesn’t sign up to their world view."

He went on to slam Meghan and husband Prince Harry, telling us: "I thought it was very cowardly for them to weaponise mental health and racism against the royal family, and very hypocritical of them to be doing it whilst making hundreds of millions out of their royal titles.

"I think they should be stripped of their titles because they’re trashing the institution and causing a lot of damage in the Commonwealth where a lot of the countries are believing this racism crap.

“They’ve become the world’s biggest victims in the middle of a pandemic. It’s pathetic. Harry needs to grow up.

“He behaves like he’s the only person who’s ever suffered grief in his life. He’s not. My father died when I was one, and I don’t talk about that for personal gain, or make money out if it.”

  • Piers Morgan's Life Stories airs tomorrow night [30 May] at 9pm on ITV

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