We are 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 The Duke of Sussex launched the Heads Together campaign in 2016 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.
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.”
After the success of the campaign's first year- and seeing first hand the important role teachers play in children's wellbeing- The Duchess of Cambridge brought together some of the Heads Together partners to develop a practical way of supporting mental health in schools. The Centre, Place2Be and Young Minds launched Mentally Healthy Schools in 2018. The site brings together tried and tested advice, the latest research and high quality resources to increase all school staff's awareness, knowledge and confidence around children's mental health. The site aims to give school staff the confidence and skills to ensure every child has the best possible start in life.