Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Arts&Culture | By Spencer Underwood

Prince Harry wants to improve the mental health of the armed forces

Prince Harry wants to improve the mental health of the armed forces

"It is just as much about mental fitness too", Harry continued.

The money from the Royal Foundation will establish a "start-up for digital mental health innovation", meant to give members of the public the tools to find help and information when they most need it.

Speaking during a St James's Palace reception staged to mark World Mental Health Day and thank those involved in the campaign, Harry said they would be taking their initiative further.

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The Royal Foundation will fund an innovation unit developing new tools and services to help people discuss mental health. "But in many ways I have learned more about the sacrifices our servicemen and women make for us all since I left the army and continued my work with the Invictus Games". The initiative is expected to include annual briefings, websites and specialist support to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health among military personnel.

"Having a step back from day-to-day army life has allowed me to think carefully about how we prepare, support, and care for those who wear the uniform".

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Experts at the market research firm YouGov, who tracked 14,000 individuals and experts from Heads Together's eight charity partners, note that Harry's admission that he too struggled with his own mental health after the 1997 death of his mother, the late Princess Diana, has encouraged other men to seek help and start a conversation.

The aim is to help people find trusted information about their mental health and get help in times of need. Because a national study published today, reveals that when the campaign reached its height in May, the number of people talking about mental health dramatically increased.

The Duke added: "At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren't sharing some of their problems".

Before musing, "But I think it all has to start at home. If you can't even have a conversation with your loved ones, there's no way you're going to go to HR at work".

MENTAL health problems are among the most prevalent yet least recognised of all illnesses in our society, which makes the efforts of younger members of the Royal Family to highlight them especially praiseworthy and important.

"You'd struggle to find a parent out there who wouldn't want the well-being of their child to be taken care of at school", Prince William said Friday at Imperial College in London.

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