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Royal support helping mental health issue

Royal support helping mental health issue

With the advice and support of its Heads Together partner charities, The Royal Foundation will also be investing in programmes to support better conversations on mental health in schools, workplaces, and within the defence community.

In spite of the strains placed on military personnel, research suggests rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces at 3.2 per cent than in the general population, where it is 3.5 per cent.

And to keep the fighting fit they needed to be mentally fit - as well as being physically. During his address, Prince Harry told soldiers that it is very important to learn new combat skills and to be strong under any circumstances.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are investing £2m in a digital start-up company to improve the nation's mental health.

On Monday, the royal spoke at the Ministry of Defence to kick off a new partnership to help improve mental health in the Armed Forces, ET Online reports.

The foundation, as part of its Heads Together mental health campaign, will now offer training and resources to the armed forces.

MoD said Monday's announcement will build upon a recently-launched United Kingdom government strategy aimed at improving mental health in current military workers, civilian staff their families and veterans.

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"Today we are saying that taking mental health seriously is what professional and dedicated servicemen and women must do to be above the rest and leading from the front".

"We want to use the power of technology to reach the millions of people, especially young people, who feel isolated and alone, and help them to find the right place to talk".

Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were "not hiding anymore" and the Duke added that it is time "to feel normal about mental health - it's the same as physical health" and that good conversations can 'really make such a difference'.

The ex-Army officer said his Royal Foundation's link-up with the Ministry of Defence would help put troops' mental health on a par with physical conditioning.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said they were hoping for cultural change.

"That's what we're trying to create, this idea they can just speak about it the same way they do their physical fitness". These were the phrases that I was shouted at by a colour sergeant.

Sir Michael said the new initiative was about the prevention, detection and treatment of mental health issues.


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