Too often, 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. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 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.
Being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year was the perfect springboard for the Heads Together campaign. It was incredible to see hundreds of runners make it the first ever Mental Health Marathon raising the profile of this important issue and inspiring people to talk about their own mental health for the first time.
The Royal Foundation is rolling out a range of new mental health programmes to ensure that the right help is available to anyone seeking mental health support, wherever they are and whenever they need it. Each of those programmes includes the development and use of digital technologies to transform signposting to appropriate support and improve the quality and availability of education about mental health. Mentally Healthy Schools has been rolled out to help primary school teachers support their children’s mental wellbeing. The Mental Health at Work gateway has been launched to help everyone in the workplace prioritise mental wellbeing. The Royal Foundation is developing an instant access text messaging service for people in immediate need, to support anyone in crisis throughout the UK. The Royal Foundation has also launched a partnership with the MOD, to improve the mental health of current and former Armed Forces personnel with a focus on the message that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness. The Duchess of Cambridge requested research into further interventions, alongside the programmes and platforms already in development, which could provide support for mothers-to-be and new mothers. We will be launching initiatives designed to reduce the stigma of maternal mental health difficulties and improve related knowledge and understanding.
The Heads Together campaign has been generously enabled by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.
The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust