Prince Harry today delivered a keynote speech at the annual Veterans’ Mental Health Conference held at King’s College London.
The event is organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research supported by the Forces in Mind Trust. It brought together leading academics, researchers, medical professionals and charities to discuss the key issues in military mental health.
His Royal Highness, who attended the event last year, joined the morning session of the conference before making a speech about the progress that has been made by the sector in the past year.
Prince Harry discussed the work he is pursuing at The Royal Foundation for mental health in the Armed Forces Community, and highlighted key collaborative successes such as the service platform
Contact, and the recently-signed agreement with the Ministry of Defence aimed at improving support and training for those people currently in service.
I believe that one the most significant developments has been the way we have all worked together as part of Contact. We all recognised the challenge; that we needed to put our organisational differences aside to better support the Armed Forces and Veteran Community. We have all been guilty of adding extra layers and complication to an already confusing array of support. For those organisations involved, Contact has created a vehicle for us to focus on a shared ambition. Collectively we can improve services and how to find them, by sharing best practice, sharing resources, and helping each other to improve access. We can explore new ideas, challenge each other, and attempt to solve the issues we all face.
This year’s event took place under the theme ‘From Enlistment to Retirement’. In addition to Prince Harry and researchers from the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, the conference featured Tobias Ellwood MP, and further speakers from Forces in Mind Trust, the University of Southern California, Combat Stress, and the Ministry of Defence.