Today, The Prince of Wales attended a reception with Combat Stress to launch the ‘At Ease Appeal’, which aims to raise £10 million over the next three years to help fun world-renowned treatment and transform how support is delivered to veterans with mental health issues.
In the Clarence House garden, His Royal Highness met several of the reception’s guests including veterans who have been treated by Combat Stress, a mental health charity for veterans, of which The Prince has been Patron since 2003.
Demand for the charity’s services continues to grow, with an average of more than 2,000 new referrals each year. To help veterans rebuild their lives, the charity provides a range of free services at its treatment centres and through regional community teams, including short-stay clinical treatment, a specialist PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme, occupational therapy, a Peer Support Service and a free 24-hour helpline. The ‘At Ease Appeal’ aims to fund these crucial existing services and introduce new innovative services to meet the changing needs of veterans.
Addressing the guests, His Royal Highness said:
The awful stigma our society may have previously attached to mental health issues has, thankfully, given way to a more positive and caring attitude, and Veterans are more confident in coming forward to seek help. The Armed Forces have made a concerted effort in this regard and so, I am proud to say, have both my sons.
Read The Prince of Wales’s speech in full here.