The Duke of Sussex attended a conference at the King’s College London university on Thursday, Kensington Palace reported. the event aimed at addressing mental health problems among veterans. The event was organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research.
Prince Harry listened to speakers of the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference, which took place at t the King’s College London university. Among the guests was defence minister Tobias Ellwood, Kensington Palace said. A Thursday event brought together a range of experts including prominent academics and researchers, psychoanalytic and journalists.
The conference aims to bring veterans together to share ideas about how to best support the mental health of former royal armed forces (RAF) personnel, many of them are suffering from PTSD. Duke of Sussex who spent two tours in Afghanistan is a vocal supporter of similar events, he regularly campaigns on mental health issues through his work with the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together project.
According to the Duke of Sussex, promoting a national conversation on the topic is crucial for keeping the mental health of the former military personnel. That is a main reason for Prince Harry to work with the Ministry of Defence to help improve mental health support and training in the RAF.
Last year Harry gave the keynote address at the mental health conference, telling delegates that during his military service he had witnessed the suffering of those “struggling to seek out the help they desperately need”.
Harry served two tours of Afghanistan and has gone on to support the rehabilitation of wounded veterans and serving personnel through his work with the Invictus Games, a sports competition for injured or sick servicemen and women.
As well as listening to the opening address by Mr Ellwood, the duke also listened to presentations focusing on international perspectives on military mental health.