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London landmarks wear Heads Together headbands for ‘mental health marathon’

London landmarks have started wearing Heads Together headbands, to match the headbands being provided to all 39,000 runners in this weekend’s Virgin Money London Marathon. The marathon is the world’s largest one-day charity fundraising event.

As Charity of the Year for this year’s London Marathon on Sunday 23 April, Heads Together wants to make it the ‘mental health marathon’ to get the country talking about mental health.

The campaign, in partnership with eight mental health charities, aims to end stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health problems.


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Post boxes

Around 70 post boxes on the London Marathon route will wear Heads Together headbands.

The Duchess of Cambridge this week met Team Heads Together runners at Kensington Palace taking part in a final training session and joined them in placing a Heads Together headband on a Royal Mail post box.

Royal Mail CEO Moya Greene said:

“As a large employer, we recognise that we have a big role to play in tackling the stigma surrounding mental health… Like Sunday’s race, this is a marathon. We need to build on the good work we have done so far, and that means helping to address this issue within the local communities that we serve every single day. I’m proud that we are using our iconic postboxes to support Heads Together and this important campaign.”


London buildings

London buildings and landmarks that are supporting the campaign by donning headbands include:

Last night the South Bank was illuminated in the Heads Together blue, with the National Theatre and the Coca-Cola London Eye matching the colour of the headbands.

Social media headbands

You don’t have to be a London Marathon runner to support the campaign.