Mental health campaign Heads Together will be the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year. The campaign, set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is designed to raise awareness and vital funds for mental health charities and their work.
The campaign will be a partnership between seven mental health charities, with experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges: Best Beginnings; CALM; Contact (military mental health roundtable); Place2Be; The Mix; YoungMinds; and local branches of Mind.
Heads Together aims to raise awareness of mental wellbeing and end the stigma that still surrounds mental health. To do so, it intends to begin as many conversations as possible around mental health and wellbeing, and encourages runners choosing to run for Heads Together to bring these conversations to their local communities.
A spokesperson for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said:
“Being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year is the perfect springboard for the Heads Together campaign. We cannot wait to see hundreds of runners hitting the streets of London next April to end the stigma and change the conversation on mental health once and for all.”
The public ballot for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 closes today (6 May) at 17:00. You can enter the ballot here. Runners will find out if they have been successful in early October 2016.
Runners can also apply for a Heads Together charity place to run for the team at www.headstogether.org.uk/run-for-heads-together/. The fundraising target for each place is £2,000.
For more information about the Heads Together campaign, visit www.headstogether.org.uk