The amount of armed forces veterans and families connected to veterans seeking help to counter mental health issues stemming from combat has increased following Prince Harry’s media and awareness campaign.
Help for Heroes, a charity which provides facilities to British veterans wounded or injured in the line of duty, said the number of people taking their Hidden Wounds Service had more than doubled since 2015. They had nearly 70 new cases every month.
The charity said it had witnessed a spike in interest since Prince Harry, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, spoke about their own mental health experiences and launched an awareness campaign with Heads Together last month.
Dr Vanessa Moulton, who runs the psychological wellbeing programme at Help For Heroes said: “Stigma has long held service personnel, veterans and families back from accessing the support and guidance they need as they rebuild their lives.
“The statistics show that campaigns like Heads Together, and support from high-profile individuals, can make a significant difference to people’s lives.
Dr Moulton passed on thanks to the Royals on behalf of Help for Heroes: “Help for Heroes would like to thank Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and all those helping to break down stigma by empowering the armed forces community to open up about their mental health, if and when people are struggling.”
Last month, Prince Harry spoke about the mental health problems he faced following his mother’s death. Prince Harry said that he underwent two years of “chaos” in his twenties. He stated that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades following the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Prince Harry was only 12 when his mother was killed in a car crash in Paris.
Prince Harry was commended and praised for speaking out about his own mental health issues due to the stigma surrounding mental health.
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have all been heavily involved in the Heads Together campaign, which seeks to raise the awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging the public to speak about it.