To further strengthen their commitment to establishing mental health as a matter of national importance and to ultimately change the conversation surrounding it, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend some events during the first week of February. These series of engagements will highlight the importance of encouraging discussions of mental health in all areas of society and will take place under the Heads Together Initiative which is one of the organisations of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. One of these events is the Guild of Health Writers Conference on 6 February.
The Guild of Health Writers is an independent membership organisation. The leading health journalists and writers focus on several issues surrounding health and wellbeing. The theme of the conference is ‘the Anxiety Epidemic’. Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, a partner organisation of Heads Together will speak at the conference along with a runner who will participate in the Virgin Money Marathon on behalf of Heads Together. The runner will talk about their own experiences with anxiety.
Heads Together has been named Charity of the Year for the Virgin Money Marathon, and these events attended by the three royals are to get the United Kingdom and inevitably, the world talking about mental health. The eight partner organisations associated with Heads Together are incorporated with these events because they are all part of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Their Royal Highnesses will talk with these mental health writers working in all medias to keep the discussion of mental health going and growing throughout 2017. These media outlets include print, digital, and broadcast media. Their Royal Highnesses will also hear from four mental health experts who will speak on the conference’s theme and meet with leading members of the Heads Together partner organisations. The Duke of Cambridge will also give a short speech.