Prince Harry reveals HeadFIT, new military mental health initiative

By Zach Harper

Prince Harry has long been passionate about mental health, and his background in the military has enabled him to do incredible things with current and former soldiers, including founding the Invictus Games. So it makes sense that HeadFIT, his new mental health initiative, looks to help that community.

HeadFIT will help current and former servicemembers with simple exercises that concentrate on mindfulness, breathing, relaxation and posture in an effort intended to improve their mental wellness. It will be available 24 hours, every day of the year.

"I've long believed the military community should lead the way for the rest of society," the Duke of Sussex said in a statement announcing its launch. "For too long we have been waiting for problems to arise and then reacting to them. HeadFIT is a proactive approach to mental fitness, focusing on our own potential to increase our performance, using proven methods in sport science.

"This is about the optimization of self. This is about being the best you can be. This is about gaining an advantage, whether facing an opponent or overcoming a challenging situation. This is about building resilience that will match that of most world class athletes and prepare you for everyday stress. To be HeadFIT, is to be at your peak performance."

The project was created by Heads Together, the mental health campaign Harry founded with Prince William and Duchess Kate in 2017, along with the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence and Kings College London. More information is available at HeadFIT's website.

Prince Harry on his first tour of Afghanistan in Helmand province in 2008. Photo: © JOHN STILLWELL/AFP via Getty Images

As we mentioned, Harry served in the army. He did two tours in Afghanistan in 2007-2008 and 2012-2013, and has since had a very strong focus on supporting veterans and their mental health.

Last month, it was reported Harry had relocated to Los Angeles with Duchess Meghan and their son, Archie. The family are living there and have been stepping out to volunteer frequently during the coronavirus pandemic, delivering food and making donations to relief.

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