HARRY OFFERS UK SOLDIERS MENTAL FITNESS
LONDON — Britain’s Prince Harry said yesterday the mental health of serving soldiers was as important as ensuring they were ready to take part in conflicts.
He was speaking as he launched a new partnership between Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the younger royals’ charity.
Harry, who spent 10 years in the military, including two tours of Afghanistan, joined forces with Britain’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to promote a new initiative to offer mental health support to those in the armed forces, their families and veterans.
“Crucially, fighting fitness is not just about physical fitness. It is just as much about mental fitness too,” Harry said.
Since Harry left the military, he has made campaigning over mental health issues and the fate of veterans two of his priorities.
Earlier this year he revealed he himself had come very close to a breakdown following the death of his mother, Diana, when he was 12 years old. Harry is also the creator and founder of the Invictus Games for disabled soldiers.