Duke of Sussex speaking at Windsor Castle
Prince Harry

Prince Harry Urges NHS Invictus Families To 'Learn From Each Other' In New Project

The Duke of Sussex launched the Invictus Games for wounded, injured or sick veterans in 2014.

Duke of Sussex speaking at Windsor Castle

The Duke of Sussex hopes his Invictus Games and the NHS can find "strength, compassion, and understanding" from shared experiences as a collaboration project is launched.

Prince Harry is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which has joined forces with the NHS to provide guidance on supporting the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of medical workers and other staff during and after the pandemic.

The advice is in the form of six podcasts based on lessons learned by members of the Invictus community during their recovery.

Episodes tackle a variety of themes to help inspire and support NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Harry said: "For a year now, NHS workers have been engaged in a new kind of battle.

"They have consistently set aside their own physical and emotional health in the service of others.

"This service and sacrifice resonates deeply with so many in the Armed Forces community.

"With this ongoing project, we know that the NHS and Invictus communities will learn from each other, support each other, and lead conversations that everyone can draw from.

"It is from these shared experiences I hope people can find strength, compassion, and understanding, and the inspiration they need for their own recovery and resilience."

The Invictus Games has previously attracted veteran athletes, many of whom have gone through gruelling recovery programmes, to compete internationally (Picture: US Department of Defense).

The Invictus Games was due to be staged in the Netherlands this summer but has been postponed for another year due to COVID-19.

It is an international multi-sport event, launched in 2014 by the Duke of Sussex after taking inspiration from the 2013 Warrior Games.

The adaptive event is aimed at wounded, injured or sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans, and it takes its name from the Latin word 'Invictus'meaning 'unconquered' or 'undefeated'.

Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement said: "This partnership offers practical support to further complement the already extensive help available for our hard-working staff from the mental health hotline exclusively for NHS workers, through to access to health and wellbeing apps which thousands of staff have already benefited from."