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Prince Harry will attend mental health conference for veterans

On Thursday, 16 March 2017, His Royal Highness Prince Harry will attend the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference at King’s College. While there he will be leading a panel discussion with fellow veterans regarding the benefits of receiving appropriate mental health support and erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The event is being organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research with Forces in Mind Trust.

Prince Harry and former Royal Marine and Invictus competitor, John-James Chalmers react during the 2016 Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds in Orlando, Florida on 8 May 2016. The symposium hosted by Prince Harry and President George W. Bush sought to destigmatise the victims of post-traumatic stress and other injuries that are not regularly visible. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)

Prince Harry’s presence at the event is in conjunction with his involvement in the Heads Together campaign, which he leads with his brother and sister-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Heads Together is aimed at changing the conversation around mental health and includes Contact, the military community mental health coalition.

Since officially retiring from his 10-year military career in 2015 Prince Harry has been actively campaigning for better health services – both physical and mental – for veterans. Prior to his retirement, he founded the Invictus Games, a worldwide competitive sporting event inspired by the Wounded Warrior Games in the United States in which wounded veterans compete in their respective sports. The first games were held in London in 2014, and since its inception has become a regular event, with their next instalment set for Sydney in 2018.

The Heads Together campaign was founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2016 to lift the stigma of mental illness and raise awareness for mental health programmes.

“Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult time, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need,” reads the Heads Together official website.

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