The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry kick off the next phase of the Heads Together campaign.
The campaign, in which YoungMinds is a Charity Partner, strengthened its efforts to create millions of conversations around mental health in 2017.
Their Royal Highnesses said that 2017 marks a ‘tipping point’ for mental health in the UK and outlined how Heads Together aims to make this the year when millions more people talk about their mental health without fear of judgement.
Speaking at the briefing, The Duke of Cambridge said:
There are times when, whoever we are, it is hard to cope with challenges – and when that happens being open and honest and asking for help is life-changing. Talking to someone else is a positive and confident step to take – but for too long it has been a case of 'Keep Quiet and Carry On'. As a result, too many people have suffered in silence for too long, and the effects of this can be devastating.
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.”
mental health marathon
With fewer than 100 days to go to the start of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, Their Royal Highnesses said that Heads Together runners and others will use this opportunity to create a ‘mental health marathon’ that gets the country talking about mental health.
Heads Together marathon runner Jon Salmon spoke at the event with his friend Steve Jackson about how their conversations have helped Jon deal with his mental health problems, along with exercise.
I have been lucky enough to have had a really supportive group of friends since my teens. But you know how blokes are, we were never good at talking about our feelings. It was really only after getting ill myself that I learned about the power of conversation and the importance of being able to open up and talk about sometimes very personal and painful feelings - which is never easy to do. The key is feeling safe - knowing that the person listening is not judging."
The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry described how the Heads Together campaign will work with a range of organisations and people from all walks of life to show how much starting a conversation can help all of us when dealing with pressures on our mental health. They opened up the Heads Together campaign to organisations that support their ambition to change the conversation on mental health.
From today, organisations can sign up to become ‘Supporters of Heads Together’ at www.headstogether.org.uk/get-in