Why I support mental health training for our Armed Forces

I fully support plans to provide the Armed Forces and their families with mental health training to deal with military life under an initiative between the Ministry of Defence and the young Royals.
The venture will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry expand their campaigning against the stigma of mental illness to provide advice and information for the Forces.
Soldiers, sailors and airmen will be encouraged to take their mental health as seriously as their physical fitness.
New training and support will also be rolled out across defence to reservists, veterans and civil servants.
Earlier this year, the MoD said it would shake up mental health policy amid accusations it is failing a generation of troops and veterans scarred by the Iraq and Afghan conflicts.
Last year, the military mental health charity Combat Stress reported a surge in referrals of veterans with problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hilary Meredith