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James Middleton has marked "exactly 1,255 days" since he got diagnosed with clinical depression with two poignant Instagram pictures.

Opening up for Mental Health Awareness Week, the younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton explained the importance of the emotional anniversary as it was the "first day he learnt about mental health".

Revealing that he "disappeared" ten days after the diagnosis, the 34 year old said that he went to live alone in a "remote" cottage in the Lake District, where he relied on nature for his mental healing.

"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," he wrote in his lengthy caption.


James urged others struggling to seek solace in nature, writing: "Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health and as @mentalhealthfoundation says "Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future" – this I wholeheartedly support.

"One of my best strategies for coping with my own mental health today is taking my dogs for a walk each time to inhale the powerful benefits nature has to offer.

"Another strategy is beekeeping, when I'm with my bees it's as if someone's pressed the mute button on everything that's worrying me."

James admitted he had "endless tales of how nature helped him over the last few years" and revealed that the snap of him on the mountain was ten days after his diagnosis.

"I couldn't feel joy, excitement or anticipation – only heart-thudding anxiety which propelled me through the day…


"This moment with the dogs onto of that mountain I will never forget, I shouted at the top of my lungs (like they do in films) I cried and I absorbed everything that nature could give me giving me the strength to tackle the upcoming battle to overcome my depression."

Proving that he had come a long way with his mental health journey, James explained that he climbs that same mountain three years later for "playing an unknowing part of my recovery".

Entrepreneur James continues to enjoy the great outdoors with his fiancée Alizée Thevenet.

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