Prince Harry to Visit Newcastle and Gateshead with Heads Together

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Prince Harry will join a training session in Newcastle with Team Heads Together as part of an ongoing campaign to get the nation talking about mental health
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry take part in a relay race during an event to promote a Heads Together and training day. Image credit: Press Association

Kensington Palace:
Prince Harry will visit Newcastle and Gateshead with Heads Together 

Tuesday 21st February, 2017

Prince Harry will join a training session in the centre of Newcastle with Team Heads Together as part of an ongoing campaign to get the nation talking about mental health. As the countdown to the Virgin Money London Marathon continues, Prince Harry will meet the runners and Heads Together supporters from across the North East who are working to make 2017 the mental health marathon. Heads Together, the campaign to change the conversation on mental health which is spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, is the Official Charity of the Year of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Prince Harry’s visit to the North East will begin in Gateshead, where His Royal Highness will learn how Walking With the Wounded is working with the local council and police on projects to support ex-servicemen, with a focus on providing specialist support for mental health, including those who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The Prince will hear from project leaders and beneficiaries of these services, before attending a round table on how multi-agency partnerships can support mental health provision for servicemen with complex needs. Walking With The Wounded is one of the CONTACT coalition, a charity partner of the Heads Together Campaign.

Next, Prince Harry will head to the Quayside where he will join Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards and some of the Team Heads Together runners from across the North East and Scotland as they take part in a special training day. As the group takes part in drills and exercises at the iconic Quayside, by the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Prince will meet some of the runners to hear why they are running, and to raise awareness of the benefits of having open conversations about mental health. The runners will have spent the day getting top training, nutrition and fundraising tips as they prepare for the race, alongside tips on how to spread the Heads Together message to challenge the stigma on talking about our mental health.

The day concludes at Virgin Money Head Quarters, one of the Official Partners of Heads Together, where staff, runners, and representatives from the campaign’s eight charity partners will be taking part in a Heads Together charity day. Prince Harry will head to the charity village to meet staff who have been raising funds and awareness about mental health, before joining speakers, including Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia, and runners, who will talk about the important of a positive attitude to mental health in the workplace, and how having conversations about mental health can save lives.

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