The Duke of Sussex has announced the Invictus Games foundation, which was set up for injured and wounded service personnel in 2014, will provide guidance on supporting the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of medical workers and other staff during and after the devastating pandemic. The advice will be in the form of six podcasts with different themes aimed at helping inspire and support NHS workers, which will be based on lessons learned by the Invictus community during its own recovery.
Harry, who is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, added NHS workers have been “engaged in a new kind of battle” over the last year while treating thousands of people with the deadly virus.
He 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.”
One of the guests on the podcast will be Harry’s friend and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant JJ Chalmers.
Other guests on the podcast are said to include Emanuel Ansah (Manny), a commonwealth soldier from the Royal Army Medical Corporation, Ibrah Ali (Ibi) who joined the British Army completing operational tours in Iraq, David Wiseman who served in the Infantry in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Dave Henson with operational service in the Royal Engineers and Ellie Marks, from the US Army.
The podcast will feature conversations between people from the Invictus Games community and the NHS, with the first one involving Glenn Haughton, the Armed Forces Mental Health Champion chatting to the host, former soldier Michael Coates.
Mr Haughton will give tip on reconnecting with your family when you have been working away, along with the challenges that surround returning to the family unit.
The project will also include the launch of a 5k challenge for NHS staff.
An Invictus Games statement added: “The podcasts form part of a comprehensive support package that is available to all NHS staff during the pandemic, including access to dedicated professionally-led helplines, free access to a range of mental health apps, coaching sessions and other mental health and wellbeing support.”
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The Invictus Games have been held all over the world since being launched by Harry in 2014.
The first event took place in London and has also been held in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018.
But he has been forced to delay the 2020 games twice, due to the pandemic raging on.
The Invictus Games was due to be staged in the Netherlands this summer but has been postponed for another year due to the coronavirus pandemic
The Invictus Games are also poignant for both Meghan and Harry as they made their first appearance as a couple at the Toronto Games in 2017.
The pair tied the knot a year later and now live in California, in the US, with their son Archie after dramatically stepping down as senior royals last year.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently signed a deal with Spotify to make their own podcasts as part of their new Archewell Audio project.
Their first podcast was released during the Christmas period, where Archie also made an appearance at the end of the half-hour episode to wish listeners a happy new year.