William, Kate and Harry launch £2 million digital mental health initiative

Danny Woods
October 11, 2017

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"Now is the ideal moment for The Royal Foundation to help kick-start the creation of impactful new tools that will help young people have conversations about their mental health and find the support they need, when they need it".

The younger royals' charitable foundation will provide training materials created to improve the resilience and mental health of Armed Forces personnel so that they are better prepared for combat and other traumas in their lives.

Without encouraging service men and women to speak about mental health, and providing better training for staff to recognise signs and symptoms, it can be very hard to recognise mental health issues as the symptoms vary from person to person.

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will provide advice and resources to the Ministry of Defence to improve training and education.

The former solider believes "mental fitness" should be at the heart of armed forces' training and support.

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The surveys suggested that a total 1.5 million more people (3%) were talking about mental health in May compared to February 2017, when the surveys were launched, with a 12% increase in the number of those admitting to talking about their own mental health.

Prince William visited the Data Observatory at Imperial College London this week, where he shared his joy over a research project which measured the success of the Heads Together campaign that supported this year's London Marathon. "I feel like it's exam results day", said the Duke.

William and Harry continue to talk openly about their struggles with their mother's death, while Kate has also spoken openly about her struggles with motherhood during a mental health talk. However, on the statistic that three quarters of suicides in the United Kingdom are men, he stated: "That's still a worrying statistic though, it really is".

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

"When we work together, we are greater than the sum of our parts. If you can't have a conversation with your loved ones, there's no way you're going to go to HR at work", he said.

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