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HRH Prince Harry meets Veterans getting support with Hidden Wounds

HRH Prince Harry meets Veterans getting support with Hidden Wounds

Prince Harry visited Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Tidworth today to learn more about the support offered by Help for Heroes to Veterans and Armed Forces families who are struggling with their mental health. This included its Hidden Wounds psychological wellbeing service (which has now advised and supported over 1,000 beneficiaries), as well as activities and courses designed to restore and maintain an individual’s wellbeing.
Prince Harry visited the woodlands and met beneficiaries who were learning new skills such as woodcarving and furniture making, providing a sense of achievement and the chance to socialise with like-minded people in a familiar environment.
He then moved on to the thriving fruit and vegetable garden, where students recently completed a City & Guilds Practical Horticulture course. The students get together for the gardening club once a week and the food they grow is often used to teach them how to cook from scratch, learn more about nutrition.
Finally, Prince Harry sat down for a chat in the Library with members of the Help for Heroes Fellowship groups 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.
Former member of the Royal Military Police, John Geden, 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. He said: “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.”
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.
For anyone needing support, can get in touch with the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Team by calling 0808 2020 144, emailing Hidden.Wounds@helpforheroes.org.uk or visiting www.helpforheroes.org.uk/hidden-wounds


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