Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by The Royal Foundation in partnership with Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and seven other charities.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing, and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.
There has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.
Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, said: “Often when people feel helpless in the face of adversity they feel they have little option except to repudiate and disown. Stigma gradually receded for people with cancer and HIV, and the same is in the process of happening, I am delighted to say, with mental health. As we see the most successful in our society disclosing mental health problems, as we see the brightest and most popular adopting the issue as their own, we also hear the dialogue of despair giving way to a conversation of hope, optimism and courage. The message of effective treatments, of groundbreaking research, of brilliant services is pushing stigma out and letting empathy, compassion and above all, effective support take its place.”
The charities collaborating on Heads Together campaign are:
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
- Best Beginnings
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably
- Contact (a military mental health coalition)
- The Mix
There will be a number of ways to get involved and show your support for the campaign. Sign up to join the campaign and be kept up to date here and apply to run for Heads Together in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Heads Together runners will raise vital funds and awareness for our charity partners and play their part in starting conversations on mental health with their friends, families and workmates.