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Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give £2 million to mental health

Having done so much to fight the stigma surrounding mental health, Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken an even more prominent step forward with a new grant.

The new £2 million grant is a “start-up for digital mental health innovation”, so those who need help will have the ability to find it and other related information, as reported by The Express. 

Prince William hopes it will be able to help those suffering by bringing “them into the fold and give them the help they need”.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke of the Heads Together campaign which he started under the Royal Foundation with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and brother, Prince Harry at the Data Observatory at Imperial College London.
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YouGov conducted a study of 14,000 people which found the public’s perception of mental health changed when the Heads Together initiative was in full force back in February to May.

Prince William called the finding “fantastic.”

Prince Harry’s interviews about his own problems with mental health, the London Marathon and the OK To Say videos seemed to make the most significant difference.

The numbers speak even bigger volumes. In February 2017, 45 per cent of men and 53 percent of women reported being able to speak about their mental health. When surveyed in May, those numbers were at 60 percent of men and 61 per cent of women, topping off with 1.2 million more men being able to discuss their mental health.

Heads Together have previously pointed out the main areas of mental health that need attention, including men, the workplace and the military.

Charity partners of Heads Together have also reported being busier. Best Beginnings with a 105 per cent increase in app downloads, Place2Be with a 148 per cent in school resource downloads and Mind with 58 per cent more calls.

As Prince William reviewed the results of the study, he expressed his feelings:  “I feel like it’s exam results day.”

While he was impressed, he also noted that there is still a “lot to process” and that three-quarters of suicides in the UK are from men that is is “still a worrying statistic though, it really is.”

“At the beginning, we were trying to understand why at home people weren’t sharing some of their problems. If we’ve at least made a big impression there we can work on the wider societal aspects,” the Duke said when reading that 68 per cent of people are now able to talk to family about their mental health.

“But I think it all has to start at home. If you can’t even have a conversation with your loved ones, there’s no way you’re going to go to HR at work,” he added.

“The only thing, trying to extrapolate the data from this, is that these individuals who have spoken have probably got a reasonably good support network around them.

“Are we missing a whole set of people who have either been in care or who have had very bad experiences at young ages, who have bad mental health already? How do we affect that demographic?”

When giving more detail on the £2 million grant, he said: “I suppose it’s finding a metaphorical barrier to get people towards.

“I can imagine if you’re not in some of these categories you can spend your life missing opportunities to be helped.

“We’ve got to somehow catch people in their daily life to bring them into the fold and give them the help they need.”

Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation, told The Express: “We wanted to change the conversation on mental health and to push further with an optimistic and inclusive campaign.

“We’re so proud of what’s been achieved through the work of charities, Heads Together supporters and runners, and those who felt able to open up and tell their stories.

“People have told us that this was so important to them and we believe the national conversation is changing. This positive response to the campaign has inspired us to take it to the next stage.

“So far, we’ve been showing people why they should have a conversation. This funding will enable us to invest in practical tools to help people actually have those conversations.”

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