Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Oprah and more appear in mental health docuseries trailer

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Photo credit: Apple/YouTube
Photo credit: Apple/YouTube

The Duke of Sussex and Oprah Winfrey's documentary series focusing on mental health awareness is heading to Apple TV+ this month.

Titled The Me You Can't See, the show will feature Winfrey and Prince Harry discussing mental health journeys and emotional well-being with a number of high-profile guests, including Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and NBA players DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway. Winfrey and Harry will open up about their own experiences, too.

With conversations transcending culture, age, gender and socioeconomic status, the goal of the series is to challenge stigmas around mental health and let viewers know that they're not alone. Producers behind the show also teamed up with 14 "accredited and respected experts and organisations from around the world to help shed light on different pathways to treatment," according to Apple.

Photo credit: Apple
Photo credit: Apple

"Now, more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion and honesty," Winfrey said in a statement. "Our series aims to spark that global conversation."

"We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human," Harry said. "The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels—and is—very personal. Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy, and strength in honesty."

How to watch

The Me You Can't See premieres Friday, 21 May. It'll be available to stream only on the Apple TV+ app.

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Watch the trailer

The official trailer teases Harry and Oprah in deep conversation about mental health stigma and their various special guests getting vulnerable about their struggles with mental health. There's even some personal footage of the Duke of Sussex, including a shot with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and a clip of a young Harry at his mother Princess Diana's funeral.

"To make that decision to receive help is not a sign of weakness," he says in the preview. "In today's world, more than ever, it is a sign of strength."

Who's in it?

Here are the A-list subjects we know so far.

  • Lady Gaga

  • Glenn Close

  • DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs

  • Langston Galloway of the Phoenix Suns

  • Zak Williams, a mental health advocate and speaker

  • Virginia "Ginny" Fuchs, an Olympic boxer

  • Rashad Armstead, a celebrity chef

Behind the scenes, Harry and Oprah are co-creators and executive producers. Terry Wood and Catherine Cyr of Winfrey's Harpo Productions are also executive producers, along with RadicalMedia's Jon Kamen and Dave Sirulnick. Alex Browne is the showrunner. The series is directed by Dawn Porter (John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Asif Kapadia (Amy).

Who's on the advisory board?

The docuseries was created in partnership with an advisory board of more than a dozen mental health professionals across a range of specialties. A number of them also appear on-screen in the show.

  • Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General and Founder of Centre for Youth Wellness

  • Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, Founder of MISS Foundation and Selah Carefarm

  • Ken Duckworth, MD and Chief Medical Officer, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • Dr. Vikram Patel, Cofounder of Sangath and Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School

  • Dr. Bruce Perry, Senior Fellow of ChildTrauma Academy

  • Sue Baker, OBE and Global Director of Time to Change

  • Alain de Botton, FRSL and Founder of The School of Life

  • Dr. Pamela Collins, Director of Global Mental Health, University of Washington

  • Dr. Jacqui Dyer, MBE, Director of Black Thrive Global, and President of Mental Health Foundation

  • Dr. Dainius Puras, Professor and Head of the Centre for Child Psychiatry and Social Pediatrics at Vilnius University

  • Scott L. Rauch, MD, President, Psychiatrist in Chief, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital

  • Jo Robinson, Associate Professor and Head of Suicide Prevention Research at Orygen

  • Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

  • Dr. Victor Schwartz, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

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