Prince Harry unveils ‘mind and body as one’ mental health platform

Harry, formerly known as Prince, has launched a new mental health platform to help members of the military with their wellbeing.

The Duke of Sussex has had somewhat of a turbulent year so far, having left his Senior Royal role and moved to Los Angeles with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie.

Now, Harry is back in the spotlight, galvanising people to look after their wellbeing.

Joining forces with HeadFIT – an online tool to help defence personnel take a more proactive approach to mental health – the former soldier is urging armed forces to nurture the link between both physical and mental fitness. 

Speaking in the promotional video, Harry explains: “Today, when we talk about fitness, we don’t just mean how fast you can run or how much weight you can carry.

“This is about mental fitness, strength, and resilience. Not just while wearing a uniform, but for the rest of your life.

“If you want to be truly fit, strong, and healthy, you need to train your mind and body as one. Some people run, others swim, cycle or lift weights in order to be physically fit.

“But what do you do to stay mentally fit? Think about what you can do to unlock your potential, and to perform at the highest level.”

The project – developed by The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, Ministry of Defence and King’s College London – has been three years in the making. 

It offers a variety of resources from breathing exercises to relaxation techniques. While participants can focus on a goal of their choice; de-stressing, confidence, mood, or drive. 

Harry, who ranked as Captain General of the Royal Marines, added that he believes the military community should “lead the way for the rest of society”.

He said: “For too long, we have been waiting for problems to arise and then react to them.

“HeadFIT is a proactive approach to mental fitness, focusing on our own potential to increase our performance, using proven methods in sport science.

“This is about optimisation of self. This is about being the best you can be.”

PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] and high suicide rates are of significant concern for military members, with mental health care for veterans often overlooked. 

This platform is said to be aimed at all defence personnel – from new recruits to long-serving members, veterans to civilian staff, and all those in uniform.