Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is proud to be one of the eight partner charities of Heads Together, a campaign led by The Royal Foundation which aims to change the conversation around mental health.
Their Royal Highnesses 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, drawing on the skills of the eight inspiring partner charities who boast decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges.
There has been huge progress in the efforts to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through the Heads Together 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, 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, explained the importance of addressing stigma head on: “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