The event, a celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week and Safer Internet Day, was focused on cyberbullying, the effect it can have on our mental health and the importance of being kind to each other online.
It provided an opportunity to highlight two of the programmes The Royal Foundation have created – the Heads Together campaign and it will mark the end (for now) of the three month Stop Speak Support cyberbullying campaign.
The event brought together pupils from Ark Burlington Danes Academy and Kensington Aldridge Academy.
Kensington Aldridge Academy is a school which used to sit at the foot of Grenfell tower and was forced to close and relocate when it was caught at the centre of the devastation. Ark Burlington Danes Academy accommodated hundreds of Kensington Aldridge Academy pupils from years 7, 8 and 9, whilst their temporary school was being built on neighbouring land.
It featured Stop Speak Support campaign supporters Dan Howell, who will talk to Grace Parke, a young ambassador from The Diana Award. Following this there will be two workshops where The Vamps and Dan Howell will work with teachers and pupils to explore the Stop Speak Support Lesson plan. Finally there will be an assembly for pupils from both schools where anti bullying ambassadors and Dan Howell and The Vamps will share their stories and answer questions from the pupils.
Stop Speak Support was launched by The Duke of Cambridge earlier this year and provides a code of conduct to help young people navigate life online. Visit Stop Speak support to find out more: https://www.stopspeaksupport.com/
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
Significant progress has been 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 have built on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental well being, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting the help they need.
In April 2017 Heads Together was the charity of the year for the Virgin Money London Marathon, which became the first Marathon for Mental Health raising the profile of this important issue and inspiring people to talk about their own mental health for the first time.