Prince Harry has voted the competitors at the Invictus Games to turn the issue of mental health "from a sad story inspiring. "
He spoke in Sydney at the Closing Ceremony of the Games, which was founded to celebrate the athletic achievements of injured service personnel.
"The secret to the success of these games is the acceptance of mental health. The key to recovery."
Anyone could be inspired by the "Invictus example," the Duke said.
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The Duke of Sussex said participating athletes had been denied "some of the darkest experiences anyone knows."
"If you're just here to defend yourself … you've become at home or in the stands to role models who could fight a mental illness."
"Most importantly, you all show us that is alright to ask for help. "
Prince Harry referred to his own struggles after the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
We were there, you were there, and now we have to reach those who can not even imagine this place.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the ceremony as part of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
It comes a year after the couple make their first official public appearance at the Invictus Games in Toronto, in 2017.
The royal couple applauded the athlete as they enter the stadium at Sydney Olympic Park to mark the end of the eight-day event.
While the Duke praised the competitors' courage, determination, and "camaraderie," the Duke said the success of the games was ultimately "ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
"You do not have to be a veteran to hold back from the injury to get inspired by the Invictus example," adding that mental wellbeing is more important than physical fitness because "we can not survive without them, let alone
"If you accept a challenge, if you understand your vulnerability, you can become strong, if you are brave enough to ask for help, you can be raised, you can start to live, to do, to feel – not easy to survive.
"And if you share your story, you can change the world.
"I can not think of a better way to continue serving in your country," he said.
In her speech, the Duchess praised the "brainpower" of the athletes she had met at the games, such as Ryan Novak – an American soldier who was paralyzed from the waist down and told him he would never walk again
With the "unwavering support" of his mother, Mr. Novak recovered sufficiently to compete in sailing, swimming and athletics at the Sydney Games
"When Harry and I saw him in the target of sailing, literally jumped into our boat – with skill and ease, by the way – to embrace both of us, "she said.
Meghan called the Games – founded by Prince Harry in 2014 – "an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportiness you could ever experience, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit sense of community defined only as the Invictus Spirit can. "
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The Duke, who served 10 years in the Army, launched the Games in London four years ago Aim to help injured soldiers and veterans with their physical and psychological rehabilitation.
He closed his speech in Sydney on Saturday with thanks to all those involved in the creation of the 2018 event.
"I am so proud to call you my friends and my Invictus family, you are the Invictus generation and you show us everything that is possible."
"Thanks to all for an amazing Sydney Games – us see us in the Netherlands in 2020. "