Royal support helping mental health issue

He continued, "Quite simply, these men and women are prized assets which need to be continually invested in".

PRINCE Harry yesterday launched a new mission to boost Our Boys and Girls' "mental fitness".

When it comes to mental health, Prince Harry is quick to break down the "stigmas" associated with it - speaking openly about coping with his mother's death earlier this year, the prince hoped to start a national conversation about mental health.

Prince William visited the Data Observatory at Imperial College London this week, where he shared his joy over a research project which measured the success of the Heads Together campaign that supported this year's London Marathon.

The Prince, who was praised by the Defence Secretary for his role in supporting injured troops through the Invictus Games and other initiatives, added: "During my time in the Army, I saw how important physical conditioning was and how we always warmed up before every run or loaded march to reduce the risk of injury".

As they renewed their acquaintance at the reception for supporters of the royals' Heads Together mental health campaign, Cooper, an assistance dog who has met Harry several times, climbed on to the prince's chest, as Harry crouched down, and gave him a friendly lick.

"Having a step back from day-to-day army life has allowed me to think carefully about how we prepare, support, and care for those who wear the uniform".

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He was shown a collection of data visualisations from the biggest ever series of surveys on mental health involving 14,000 members of the British public. However, on the statistic that three quarters of suicides in the United Kingdom are men, he stated: "That's still a worrying statistic though, it really is".

"Now is the ideal moment for The Royal Foundation to help kick-start the creation of impactful new tools that will help young people have conversations about their mental health and find the support they need, when they need it".

"At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren't sharing some of their problems".

Before musing, "But I think it all has to start at home". He said: "You'd struggle to find a parent out there who wouldn't want the well-being of their child to be taken care of at school".

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