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New Year, vocal ambitions for Heads Together mental health campaign

Yesterday, their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry outlined the next phase of the Heads Together campaign of which the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a charity partner.

Their Royal Highnesses spoke of the campaign’s aim to create millions of conversations around mental health in 2017 at a briefing for Charity Partners and leaders from across UK society.

Their Royal Highnesses described 2017 as a ‘tipping point’ for mental health in the UK: one that will change the conversation on mental health and aim to end stigma.

They also invited other organisations to sign up to become supporters of the campaign to link up conversations around mental health this year.


The Duke of Cambridge said: “It is no exaggeration to say that conversations – simple conversations – can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or colleague. And that’s what Catherine, Harry and I want to do – we want more people to be having those conversations.”

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about her recent visit to our Early Years Parenting Unit saying: “Just last week at the Anna Freud Centre I heard from one mother how talking to a support worker was – in her words – like medicine. Simply by having someone there to have a conversation with will help her immensely.”

With the London Marathon start on Sunday 23 April drawing ever closer, we will be also be talking to runners who are taking part in support of the Centre and sharing their stories on these pages over the coming weeks.

You are invited to help start a conversation with friends, family members, colleagues, or professionals when dealing with a mental health challenge.