The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health.
Contact, a coalition of the MoD, the NHS, King’s College London and leading military charities including Help for Heroes, is a core partner in delivering the Heads Together campaign. Through Contact, we are working collaboratively to raise awareness of military mental health and to help the Armed Forces community access the most appropriate and best possible mental health and wellbeing support.
We all have tough times in life or challenges with our mental health and wellbeing, just as we do with our physical health. Support from people close to us and our networks can make all the difference, even for the sporting stars we think are invincible.
Last week Prince Harry got his apron on and hosted a Heads Together BBQ with sports stars Rio Ferdinand, Dame Kelly Holmes, Victoria Pendleton, Jonathan Trott and Iwan Thomas. He talked to them about the tough times they have been through and the support that has helped.
Many of them brought along someone that has supported and helped them through a difficult time.
Have a look at what they had to say, check out their French Cricket skills and see what happened when Prince Harry and Iwan Thomas took charge of the BBQ.
Most of us will go through a difficult time at some point in our lives, including the sporting stars we may think are invincible. Hearing sporting heroes and role models talking openly about their tough times, and what support has helped them, can help us all feel more confident about reaching out for support when we need it.
Prince Harry and the sports stars were joined at the BBQ by a number of representatives from the Heads Together charity partners, who have used or set up sport related support networks to benefit the mental wellbeing of themselves or others. Scotty Darroch, who served 10 years as a corporal and training instructor in the Royal Logistics Corps, attended the BBQ on behalf of Contact. It took 18 years after leaving the Army for Scotty to be diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); something which has had a devastating impact on the lives of him and his family. Scotty took part in the Invictus Games 2016, after discovering the massive positive impact sport can have on his mental health.
Heads Together will be featuring individual films with each of the athletes who came along to the BBQ throughout the week. Visit www.headstogether.org.uk/BBQ for more information.
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