Prince Harry shares delight mental health in military training

‘There should be no difference in how we treat mental and physical fitness’: Prince Harry praises mandatory mental training for the military as ‘an amazing step forward’

  • Duke of Sussex, 36, hailed introduction of mandatory mental training for military
  • Prince Harry called announcement ‘an amazing step forward for British military’ 
  • He is currently living in $14 million Californian mansion with Meghan Markle, 39

The Duke of Sussex has praised the introduction of mandatory mental health training in the British military as an ‘amazing step forward’.

Prince Harry, 36, is currently living in his $14 million California mansion with wife Meghan Markle, 49, and their eighteen-month-old son Archie, after stepping back from royal duty earlier this year.

In a statement, former soldier Harry said the training, which begins from April 1 next year, will help ‘protect and strengthen the potential and resilience’ of armed forces personnel.

The Duke said: ‘This is an amazing step forward for the British military and furthers the global leadership of our armed forces.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, has praised the introduction of mandatory mental health training in the British military as an ‘amazing step forward’

‘There should be no difference between how we view our physical fitness and mental fitness and training both will help our service men and women excel, as well as being best prepared for what they may face, in any situation.’ 

Harry continued: ‘Over the years it has been an honour to work alongside the service chiefs and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on projects such as HeadFIT, and I am delighted to see such a significant step to protect and strengthen the potential and resilience of our military.

‘Thanks especially to Johnny Mercer and to the teams of people who work tirelessly to protect and support our troops and their families’ health and wellbeing.

‘Mental fitness will become a daily practice adopted by all of us as a means to unlock potential in every aspect of our lives.’

Former soldier Prince Harry, who spent 10 years in the Army, said there should be ‘no difference between how we view our physical health and mental health 

The initiative is part of an effort to ‘completely redesign’ mental health provision in the military, minister for defence people and veterans Johnny Mercer said.

In a statement, Johnny said that the MoD had been ‘determined’ to tackle the issue of mental fitness and mental resilience ‘for some time’.

He said: ‘While some personnel already have a good experience, because they have good leaders who take this area seriously, for me the important thing is to equalise the experience for all.

‘From April 1 next year there will be mandatory mental fitness training for all.’ 

In a statement, the Duke said he was ‘delighted’ by the announcement and said it would ‘protect and strengthen the potential and resilience of the military’

It comes as the Queen’s grandson spearheaded the development of the mental health platform HeadFIT, which aims to help members of the military with their wellbeing.

Launched earlier this year, the website provides defence personnel with round-the-clock access to self-help tools to enhance mood, drive and confidence.

HeadFIT has been developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence and King’s College London, with clinical advice from psychologist Dr Vanessa Moulton.

Prince Harry has long been vocal on his support for mental health services (pictured, with Meghan Markle, 38, at the launch of Shout, a free text messaging service which provides 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis)

In a clip shared online, the Queen’s grandson urged members of the armed forces to train their ‘mind and body as one’. 

Speaking about the project, which he has been working on for three years, the Duke explained: ‘We need you to be able to access that ten or fifteen per cent, something which can only be attained when you adopt a regular routine for training the mind and the body as a single unit. I know this to be true. It works for me.’ 

Prince Harry and Meghan left the joint Royal Foundation with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year, but it was said at the time that there would be future collaboration on Heads Together.

Prince Harry’s military appointments, including his position as Captain General of the Royal Marines, were put on hold for 12 months after Megxit

They have since stepped away from the monarchy to pursue a life of personal and financial freedom in the US.

The duke spent 10 years in the Army, which included two frontline tours to Afghanistan.

His military appointments, including his position as Captain General of the Royal Marines, were put on hold for 12 months after Megxit. 

 

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