Radio Stations Around the Country Broadcast the “Mental Health Minute”
Written by Chris Harris on May 18, 2020
Radio Stations around the country are marking the start of Mental Health
Awareness Week (18th – 25th May) with a special message due highlighting the importance of talking about mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will lead the Mental Health Minute, a minute-long message produced by Radiocentre and Heads Together. The Mental Health Minute will be broadcast simultaneously across every radio station in the UK at 10:59 today, uniting all commercial, community and BBC stations for the first time.
Joined by England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Their Royal Highnesses’ message will focus on how people can support each other during the Covid-19 crisis, highlighting that, whoever you are and whatever you’re going through, you are not alone – and it’s OK to reach out.
As part of the broadcast, The Duke of Cambridge will say: “We’re all connected. And sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make a big difference. So right now, let’s join together across the UK and reach out to someone.
The Duchess of Cambridge will say: “If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk about it. Or if someone you know is acting differently, it’s OK to ask how they are. Use this moment to send a message.”
Kindness was named as the official theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in April, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Week has been hosted by Mental Health Foundation for the past 20 years, and this year will celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health, particularly during times of stress.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, Heads Together will champion the work of its eight charity partners, who have decades of experience in tackling the stigma around mental health in the UK – including The Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, CALM, Contact, Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and Young Minds.
This activity comes days after the one-year anniversary of Heads Together’s legacy project, Shout, a free text messaging service which provides 24/7 support for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.
For more information about Heads Together and for tips and resources from its charity partners, visit www.headstogether.org.uk or go to @Heads_Together on Instagram.