Opening up in an interview with The Telegraph this week, Prince Harry became the latest public figure to speak out about their mental health experiences. After the loss of his mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, in 1997, Prince Harry admits to “shutting down all of his emotions”.
Prince Harry’s recent appearance on Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast has thrust mental health back into the media spotlight. According to recent studies, mental health issues affect a large proportion of the nation. In fact, a new report from the Office of National Statistics states that up to a quarter of young women in the UK have suffered from anxiety and depression. Moreover, when it comes to talking about the issue, figures from YouGov confirm that men are less likely to discuss mental health. This is in spite of the majority (83%) finding talking about the topic helpful.
We think the Royals are doing a great job in joining the mental health conversation (Prince William has even enlisted the help of Lady Gaga via FaceTime – pretty cool). Here at NB we’ve also been thinking about how we can give back to the community. Also, more importantly, how we can use our Winning Minds for good.
To help promote the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing, we’ve created our Winning Minds for Good program. Under this initiative, we have partnered with leading mental health charity, Mind. Mind supports thousands experiencing mental health problems. It also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and encourage social interaction around wellbeing. With its ultimate ambition being “support and respect for everyone”, Mind really values people. Therefore, it’s the perfect fit for us.
We have a wide range of initiatives lined up. This includes fundraising with our recent Grand National sweepstake. But also a hotly-anticipated Bubbles and Bingo night. We’re using our award-winning culture to raise money the fun way. We are creating a calendar of events for the year and giving all the proceeds straight back to Mind.
Keep an eye on our blog for the inside track on what we’ve got coming up!