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Prince Harry's secret three-year project revealed and it's a cause close to his heart

The Duke of Sussex served in the army for ten years

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Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
27 April 2020
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A campaign that was first spearheaded by the Duke of Sussex three years ago has been launched to support defence personnel with their mental health. HeadFIT is a new online platform, which will provide the military with 24/7 access to self-help tools to help them manage the stresses of everyday life.

WATCH: Prince Harry helps to launch HeadFIT

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Prince Harry, who served in the army for ten years, said: "HeadFIT has been almost three years in the making, and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has been on this journey with us. Everyone who has worked on it, to create what we have today, should be incredibly proud and excited for the impact it will have.

"I've long believed the military community should lead the way for the rest of society. 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.

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Prince Harry during his visit to the Ministry of Defence in 2017

"This is about optimisation 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."

HeadFIT has been developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation's Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence and King's College London, with clinical advice from Dr Vanessa Moulton.

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The platform includes tools such as breathing exercises, body posture and relaxation techniques that have been designed for all defence personnel, whether they are new recruits, long-serving personnel, veterans, civilian staff or those in uniform. The techniques are designed so they can be easily integrated into their everyday lives.

Prince Harry visited the Ministry of Defence in central London in October 2017, to kickstart the partnership between the government department and The Royal Foundation. He also appeared in a video to introduce HeadFIT last year ahead of its official launch.

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