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Royals give 2 million pounds to Heads Together mental health campaign

Royals give 2 million pounds to Heads Together mental health campaign

He said servicemen and women were "prized assets" which needed to be continually invested in, and should be thought of as high-performance athletes carrying their kit and a rifle.

PRINCE Harry yesterday launched a new mission to boost Our Boys and Girls' "mental fitness".

Prince Harry, Prince William, and Catherine are expected to attend an event for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday (10Oct17).

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have reconfirmed their commitment to the issue of mental health with the announcement of a £2m investment.

The Prince, who was praised by the Defence Secretary for his role in supporting injured troops through the Invictus Games and other initiatives, added: "During my time in the Army, I saw how important physical conditioning was and how we always warmed up before every run or loaded march to reduce the risk of injury".

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 prince, who served in the army for 10 years, will also be teaming up with Prince William and Kate Middleton after they announced the partnership between the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Foundation, according to the Guardian.

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The funds, which come from their Royal Foundation, will go towards "a start-up for digital mental health innovation" to give the public access to help for mental health problems.

The new digital mental health start-up will be led by CEO Victoria Hornby, now Director of Programmes at the Foundation, and a Board of technology experts.

The study revealed an increased awareness of mental health between February and May this year following the royals' campaign, with a total of 1.5 million more people talking about the subject.

The aim is to help people find trusted information about their mental health and get help in times of need. It is an issue richly deserving of their support, and one which everyone concerned with society's welfare should also back. Approximately 75 percent of suicides in the United Kingdom are by young men, Heads Together says.

"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". But I think it all starts at home.

The royal trio have spent the previous year campaigning for young and old people to start conversations at home, among friends and in schools, and encouraged children to speak up and ask for help before mental health problems escalate. "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". He said: "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".