The Thames Water Tower, on one of London’s busiest roundabouts, has been adorned with a special edition Heads Together ‘headband’ to show support for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s mental health campaign.
As the official charity partner of the Virgin Money London Marathon, the campaign hopes to make the race the ‘mental health marathon’ this Sunday.
The Thames Water Tower, which is seen by thousands of motorists every day on the Ring Main roundabout in Shepherd’s Bush, is sporting a blue headband as part of the nationwide campaign to breakdown the stigma and change the conversation on mental health for everyone, to remove the fear of judgement that stops so many people from reaching out for the help they need.
Heads Together is the official charity of this year’s 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, and all 39,000 marathon runners have been given a Heads Together headband.
In support of the mental health marathon, a number of iconic buildings, including the Thames Water tower and Battersea Power Station, are wearing a headband to raise awareness and show support for the campaign.
Karl Simons, head of health, safety, security and wellbeing at Thames Water, said the company was keen to support Heads Together.
He said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this campaign.
“It's fun and engaging and reflects our Thames family and signifies what our ethos is truly all about, making the work environment somewhere people feel happy to be.
“We continue to promote a working environment that empowers our people to take time to talk and support each other in times of need, so together we can tackle and remove any stigma regarding mental health.”
As part of the awareness-raising drive, St Paul’s Choristers have put headbands on, the former Olympic Stadium will wear a digital headband over the weekend, the London Southbank will light up blue and a London Duck Tours vessel will don a headband in support of the campaign. Over the weekend, in support of the mental health marathon, the windows of the Virgin Money Haymarket Lounge and Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly will be dressed in a giant headband strip.
Around 70 postboxes around the London Marathon route will also wear the headgear on Sunday 23rd April.
People can also wear their headband online. Snapchat users can now unlock a custom Snapchat lens which puts a virtual headband on anyone in the frame, and anytime Twitter users share the #TeamHeadsTogether, #HeadsTogether or #oktosay tags, a special emoji appears, adorned in customary blue headgear.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that fear no longer prevents people talking or getting the help they need.
Heads Together brings together a team of charity partners that have achieved great progress in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems. The team covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry's passions.
They are: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Best Beginnings; CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably; Contact (a military mental health coalition); Mind; Place2Be; The Mix; and YoungMinds. The privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year gives Heads Together a positive platform to raise funds for the support provided by the campaign’s charity partners and to start millions of conversations.
The Heads Together campaign is being generously supported by The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust, ShareGift and the first three Heads Together Founding Partners - Dixons Carphone, Unilever UK and Virgin Money. This support will help amplify the aims of the campaign as well as fund specific projects designed to help us all with mental health.