Prince Harry supports new mental health toolkit to help first responders overseas

This online resource will help improve first responders' wellbeing

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry has long been an advocate for mental health and he has now supported the launch of a vital new project, Peak Fortem. 

Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William have often spoken out publicly about mental health. The brothers have also committed to improving conversations around this subject, so it might come as no surprise to royal fans that Prince Harry has already issued a statement in support of a new mental health tool in Australia. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has launched a free, online mental health toolkit, Peak Fortem, which is reportedly based on a successful UK model. Peak Fortem has been created in partnership between Peak State and Fortem to provide Australian first responders with information and practical tools to promote mental fitness, increase performance and improve wellbeing.

It will help first responders and their families to build mental fitness, via videos and resources which will help them check in with themselves. It will also help them to challenge their thoughts and behaviors and make positive changes as a result.

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What did Prince Harry say about Peak Fortem?

In a statement shared by the Peak Fortem official Twitter account, Prince Harry spoke out in support of the important new tool, which was set up by Invictus Games co-founder David Wiseman. 

The Duke of Sussex declared: “Our mental fitness is one and the same as our physical fitness. Serving in the military, I saw first-hand how critical it is to train your mind as a muscle- not only to endure challenges and stresses, but to excel, grow and build resilience in all aspects of life.”

rince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 7, 2019 in London, England

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“Peak Fortem is the product of teamwork, dedication and a commitment to supporting and strengthening communities of all kinds - values upheld by Australia’s first responders.”

“With Peak Fortem, we are witnessing the next step in a global movement towards mental fitness”, Prince Harry concluded inspirationally.

Prince Harry served in the British Army for ten years and rose to the rank of Captain. He undertook two tours of Afghanistan and continues to work in support of his fellow servicemen and servicewomen.

What other mental health initiatives has Prince Harry supported?

Peak Fortem is the most recent mental health initiative that Prince Harry has supported, though the Duke of Sussex has also previously launched a partnership with the UK’s Ministry of Defence to help improve the mental health of the armed forces. 

He and Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge also launched Heads Together. The Heads Together campaign was established to help change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.

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