UK MoD announces new fitness tool for defence personnel

27 April 2020 (Last Updated April 27th, 2020 15:02)

UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the launch of a fitness platform that provides 24/7 access to self-help tools to enhance the mental wellbeing of the military.

UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the launch of a fitness platform that provides 24/7 access to self-help tools to enhance the mental wellbeing of the military.

The HeadFIT tool helps defence personnel to take a more proactive approach to their mental health and fitness.

The online support tools enhance mood and confidence, and help defence personnel manage stress.

HeadFIT has tools such as breathing exercises, body posture and relaxation techniques.

All of them have been designed to suit the needs of all defence personnel from new recruits, long-serving personnel, veterans and civilian staff to those in uniform.

Developed in partnership with The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, the Ministry of Defence, Kings College London, with clinical advice from Dr Vanessa Moulton, and spearheaded by the Duke of Sussex, the tool integrates with the everyday lives of the personnel.

The Duke said: “HeadFIT is a proactive approach to mental fitness, focusing on our own potential to increase our performance, using proven methods in sport science.”

HeadFIT is available as an open-source website and is also accessible on Ministry of Defence technology such as Defence Connect and DefNet for defence staff in high-security environments.

Scheduled to originally launch in June, the platform is under evaluation by King’s College London.

The official launch of the platform has been brought forward to help staff adapt to new challenges and changing working environments.

UK Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said: “We train our armed forces to be both physically fit and mentally fit. And right now mental resilience has never been more important as our defence community works tirelessly to support the UK’s public services during the coronavirus pandemic.”