In a day and age when so much bad news, unrest and uncertainty, seems to fill our newspapers, television screens and indeed social media, it is a breath of fresh air when you see something special and positive in the news.
Especially if, like me, you have a passion for mental health issues and if that positive news is concerning Mental Health.
‘Heads Together’ is the brainchild of three British royals – William, Catherine, and Harry (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales). Although, as the video immediately below shows, the original idea seems to have come from Catherine.
If you visit the Heads Together website and navigate over to their about page the following statement explains the motivation behind this campaign.
Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.
And I cannot begin to describe how pleased I am that these three highly respected and in many cases much loved royals have gotten together to bring the issue of Metal Health firmly to the fore. An example many world leaders need to follow in my opinion.
But please don’t brush this off as just the royals doing what royals often do – signing up to – or putting their name to a good cause and thus increasing their popularity and remaining in the public eye. Far from it, it seems!
I truly believe that as you watch the first video – above – you will notice a very real connection with Mental Health and its effects and a very real commitment to make a difference. A connection which is abundantly clear in a Podcast interview that Prince Harry did with The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon as part of her ‘Mad World’ series.
And you can listen to that Podcast through the video (which is a compilation of photographic stills and that podcast) below.
One of the key points communicated through this campaign, which is the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon’s Charity of the year, (and indeed the above video) is the benefit of talking about our Mental Health and I would encourage all our readers to check out the site’s Conversation Films page.
There is so much more that I could say about this – and let’s be honest here, sometimes I do tend to be quite verbose in my writing – but I would much rather readers checked this out for themselves.
But I will leave you with one last quote from their website. One which clearly identifies their aim and one which clearly speaks into the heart of the stigma that is all too often attached to mental health struggles and mental illness.
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.
Now if that isn’t a ‘Right’ royal approach I don’t know what is!
Please take a bit of time to check out their website and let me know your thoughts and opinions. And why not share your views on it all on your personal blogs? As a community of Mental Health writers lets get very firmly behind such ideas.