Hundreds of radio stations across the UK are simultaneously broadcasting a special one minute message on mental health this morning, led by HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
#MentalHealthMinute returns for a second year with Katy Perry, Stephen Fry, Jameela Jamil and Alesha Dixon supporting the initiative, which will be on-air at 10.59am today.
The project is being led by the commercial radio body, Radiocentre who are working with Heads Together, the mental health campaign spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The #MentalHealthMinute will mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week and Radio Audio Week.
BBC local radio stations are also joining in this year, to emphasise the importance of talking about mental health, how listening cannot be underestimated and how we all have the power to make a difference.
Last week a campaign to find 3000 volunteers to help support those with mental health problems was launched. The service is called Shout and offers instant support via text messaging and is available 24 hours a day.
Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: “When it comes to mental health, having someone there to listen and to make you feel heard can make a profound difference. Whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, support service or mental health professional, the power of listening cannot be underestimated. That’s what the mental health minute is all about. We are so grateful to be working with Radiocentre who have bought the radio industry together once again on this important moment to remind everyone of the power of listening, and let them know about the plethora of mental health volunteering opportunities they can get involved in in the UK.”
— Radiocentre (@Radiocentre) May 13, 2019