Ex­press owner’s £50k for men­tal health

Sunday Express - - NEWS - By Camilla Tominey

EX­PRESS News­pa­pers’ owner Richard Des­mond has given £50,000 to the Royal Foun­da­tion of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry to sup­port men­tal health pro­grammes.

The do­na­tion fol­lowed a meet­ing with Foun­da­tion chair­man Sir Keith Mills about the roy­als’ Heads To­gether cam­paign.

The ini­tia­tive is de­signed to ad­dress the stigma as­so­ci­ated with men­tal health prob­lems, as well as help­ing to en­sure that the right help is avail­able to any­one seek­ing sup­port, wher­ever they are and when­ever they need it.

Mr Des­mond, chair­man of North­ern & Shell Me­dia Group which owns ti­tles in­clud­ing the Daily and Sun­day Ex­press and OK! Mag­a­zine, said: “I am full of ad­mi­ra­tion for the work of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and Prince Harry in help­ing peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues through the Heads To­gether cam­paign.

“I feel very strongly that as a so­ci­ety we must end the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health is­sues that puts peo­ple off seek­ing treat­ment and dis­cussing their prob­lems. The Sun­day Ex­press has al­ready high­lighted this is­sue in the Cru­sade For Bet­ter Men­tal Health.

“I was de­lighted to make the do­na­tion to sup­port the Royal Foun­da­tion’s fu­ture men­tal health pro­grammes.”

The phase of the Heads To­gether cam­paign that com­bats stigma will cul­mi­nate in April when the Foun­da­tion be­comes Char­ity of the Year for the 2017 Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon. It is billed as the first “marathon for men­tal health”.

Mr Des­mond’s do­na­tion will help fund dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to ed­u­cate peo­ple about men­tal health, and pro­vide more sup­port for schools, em­ploy­ers and the mil­i­tary for com­pre­hen­sive early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes.

The Foun­da­tion is also hop­ing to de­velop an in­stant-ac­cess text mes­sag­ing ser­vice for peo­ple in im­me­di­ate need.

CHAR­ITY: The Royal Foun­da­tion was set up by Harry, Kate and Wil­liam

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