Prince Harry visits Tedworth House

Monday 23 January 2017

 

Photo Credit: Kensington Palace

Prince Harry visited Tedworth House today to learn more about the range of support we offer to those with mental health challenges, including our Hidden Wounds service and fellowship, as well as other wellbeing activities, such as gardening and the Roundhouse project.

Welcomed by CEO Mel Waters and Director of Recovery David Richmond, Prince Harry, a long-time ambassador for military mental health, visited the Tedworth House Psychological Wellbeing team to learn about how we support men and women with common mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and anger and the depth of our Hidden Wounds support.

Photo Credit: Kensington Palace

He met some beneficiaries involved in a programme to build an Iron Age Roundhouse before visiting the garden where he learnt how time spent outdoors helps psychologically. Prince Harry also sat down for a chat with some Band of Brothers and Sisters and the people who have supported them through tough times they have faced, to hear how having an open conversation and reaching out for support has made such a difference.

Jules Eaton, who joined the RAF Regiment in 1980 and was medically discharged in 2012 with musculoskeletal injuries to his legs and lower spine, as well as PTSD and depression, met Prince Harry today.  He has been a long term worker on the Roundhouse project.  Talking ahead of the visit he said: “You don’t have to explain yourself here. It’s difficult at first when you are out of the military because you aren’t the person you used to be. Joining the Band of Brothers makes me feel like a person again. We will welcome Prince Harry with open arms. It’s really great that he’s so involved with the wounded, injured and sick, from visiting us today to events like the Invictus Games.”

 

Photo Credit: Kensington Palace

Former member of the Royal Military Police John Geden, who has PTSD, now runs his own beekeeping company thanks to a grant and career recovery support from H4H. He managed to hand Prince Harry a jar of his homemade honey and show him his recent Pathfinder award for New Business of the Year.

“It was a real pleasure to meet Harry and to be given the opportunity to tell him about how H4H have made such a massive difference to me. If it wasn’t for the charity, I never would have started my own business and it was amazing to be able to tell him that. We had a really good talk about Sinah Common Honey and he seemed to genuinely care about what we were all telling him.”

If you're a Veteran or Armed Forces family member struggling to cope with anxiety, depression or anger, help is just a click away: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support/hidden-wounds-contact-form/

Help For Heroes is a member of Contact, a Charity Partner of Heads Together, the mental health campaign founded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to change the national conversation around psychological problems. Contact is a collaboration of military charities, the NHS, the Ministry of Defence and top academics working together to make the most effective mental health support easily accessible to the Armed Forces community.

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