Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.
Significant progress has been made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. We feel passionately at Grace's that it is so important for children to be taught to empathise with not only themselves but others. Teaching children about empathy and kindness is a core part of the Grace's curriculum.
It therefore makes perfect sense for us to support 'Heads Together' as our chosen charity.
We believe that all children should be taught fundamental values in empathy and kindness. We teach children to explore their own feelings with the knowledge that all feelings are perfectly normal to experience. Children are supported to express what their needs and are and make requests of each other.
We believe that all children should be taught there are less fortunate people in the world and encouraged to engage with both the local and wider community to make a positive contribution to society.
Our aim is that all children will leave Grace's as kind, empathic and resilient members of the community, who feel a sense of responsibility to others.
Heads Together brings together a coalition of charities with decades of experience in tackling the stigma around mental health in the UK. We have chosen to support two specific charities from that group in our fundraising efforts;
Best Beginnings works to give every child in the UK the best start in life. Supporting the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers has a direct and long lasting impact on women and also on their children's lives. This is why the charity is committed to help parents build their knowledge and resilience and also to have to confidence to seek help as soon as they need it.
Place2Be provides in-school support to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families and school staff, and expert training for professionals working with children. The charity helps children cope with emotional challenges so they can have brighter futures.