The MOD & Royal Foundation Launch Mental Health Partnership
Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) are teaming up to promote a new mental health strategy for Service personnel.
The Royal Foundation, a charitable trust set up by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will work with the MOD to offer targeted training, advice and support that can be shared across the whole Armed Forces community.
The joint initiative between the MOD and the Royal Foundation builds on the MOD’s recently launched Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which you can find here. It is expected to include annual briefings, website and specialist support to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health.
Announcing the partnership, Defence Secretary Sir Micheal Fallon said:
“Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are the best in the world but we will only maintain that if we are as serious about improving mental health as we are our combat skills and cutting-edge technology. So partnering with key groups like the Royal Foundation is an important part of our strategy to improve the wellbeing of our serving Armed Forces and Veterans.”
Sir Keith Mills, chairman of the Royal Foundation, said:
“We are delighted that this new partnership with the Ministry of Defence will see the UK leading the way internationally in prioritising the mental fitness of its entire defence community.”
Service personnel will be encouraged to use psychology and well-being in the same way as athletes do to maximise performance; emphasising the idea that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness when working as part of the Armed Forces.
The resources will be integrated into staff training courses and briefing processes across the Armed Forces from the middle of 2018, and will be widely available online.
While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces (3.2%) than in the general population (3.5%), improving the mental health of the MOD’s entire workforce is a key priority.