The Heads Together campaign is a partnership with experienced and inspiring charities that provide frontline mental health support to people who may need it, whilst raising awareness and tackling stigma. Supported by The Royal Foundation, the Heads Together campaign aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.
The Heads Together campaign is extremely fortunate to be selected as the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. As the UK’s premier charity sports event, with its energetic and positive fundraising, this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon is the perfect springboard for this vital campaign.
A spokesman for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said:
“Through their work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, Their Royal Highnesses have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.
“They are passionate about tackling the stigma surrounding the issue. Too often, they have seen that people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. They want to help change the national conversation.
“Heads Together will be the biggest project The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry have undertaken together. They are incredibly grateful to be working with charities who have achieved so much in the fight against the stigma that surrounds the issue. They want the Heads Together campaign to build on the great work that is already being done across the country so that prejudice and fear no longer stand in the way of people getting the help they need. They want people need to feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.
“Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank the Virgin Money London Marathon for making Heads Together their 2017 Charity of the Year. They cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma on mental health once and for all.”
The Heads Together partnership currently consists of the following charities, however the campaign will be open for other organisations to join in the months ahead:
- Best Beginnings
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably
- The Mix
Heads Together marks a landmark moment for mental health and we are proud to be part of the collaboration. This is also the first time that the London Marathon has chosen mental health as a cause and we can’t wait to see the excitement build throughout the year.
Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive at Mind
The Heads Together campaign will be officially launched on May 16 2016 and will include full details of events and initiatives around the UK that will help families, teachers and friends to support those who have mental health challenges.