Now that the “mental health marathon” has come and gone, where do Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry go from here? Will they continue supporting mental health causes and Heads Together, or will they drop it and move on to the next cause?
[Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal]
Over the weekend, Camilla Tominey at the Express shared that the royals originally intended for Heads Together to culminate at the London Marathon, but due to the positive response to it they’ve decided to continue with it.
“The royals originally planned for the Heads Together initiative to culminate in the ‘marathon for mental health’.
“A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been absolutely blown away by the response this week. Conversations have not only been started around the UK but around the world. They have made great strides in helping to end the stigma surrounding mental health but they have been so encouraged by the response that they now want to take it much further.’ […]
“Mental health charities have been flooded with calls as a result. The royals now plan to ‘continue the conversation’ on mental health by championing the voluntary sector.
“Almost £10million is believed to have been raised by The Royal Foundation and Heads Together, which will be ploughed back into digital initiatives to help people with mental health problems, better training for counsellors and more research into depression and other conditions.”
“Start a conversation!”
“Okay, will you have a conversation with me?”
I’ve been complaining about Heads Together for a year for seemingly only caring about the London Marathon and not having any concrete goals or plans, and now I know why: Because Heads Together only cared about the London Marathon and had no other goals or plans.
I kept asking what the royals and Heads Together planned on doing after the London Marathon, and so many of you kept saying that you thought it was supposed to end at the London Marathon, and I kept saying that it wasn’t. But I was wrong. It was supposed to end at the London Marathon. So I apologize to everyone that I disagreed with on this over the past year, because you guys were right and I was wrong.
I hope some of that £10million goes to the eight charity partners. As Jen pointed out in the comments, the Heads Together FAQ question about where the money goes has changed from a year ago.
A year ago, the “Where will my money go?” question was answered with this: “If you are successful in getting one of our Heads Together charity places in the London Marathon 2017, all the money you raise will go directly to the charity you chose on your application form.”
Now, the question, “What will my money be used for?”, is answered with this:
“To ensure the right help is available to anyone seeking mental health support wherever they are and whenever they need it, funds raised for Heads Together will be invested in a range of new and innovative projects, and in programmes to meet immediate need. Some of the funding will enable Heads Together to fulfil the demand created by the campaign – our partners have seen on average a 50% increase in demand for their services since Heads Together was launched in May 2016 and this investment will enable them to increase and improve their response. Additionally a combination of new projects and initiatives are being considered: Using digital technology to improve the quality and availability of education about mental health; Improving resources for schools, employers and the military to enable people to get support wherever they are; Using digital technology to transform signposting to appropriate support; Using digital technology to increase the availability of support online. All of the funding is being used to ensure people can access the right help, in the right place at the right time and the projects will be an exciting new phase of Heads Together to follow the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.”
So it does sound like Heads Together is planning to continue now that the 2017 marathon is over.