HRH Prince Harry attends event hosted by Leeds Community Foundation
HRH Prince Henry of Wales attended the event in Leeds calling for city’s business community to increase its investment in mental health charities.
The event, called Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds, took place in Leeds city centre on Thursday 6th July 2017.
Hosted by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), the event addressed the mental wellbeing of the city’s young people and brought together various mental health projects, charities and beneficiaries of The Leeds Fund (LCF’s latest initiative), including: Carers Leeds, Getaway Girls, Health for All, LS14 Trust, Leeds Mind, Leeds Women’s Aid, Space2, The Market Place, Touchstone and Women’s Counselling and Therapy Services.
During the event, Prince Harry addressed Leeds’ business community to express how grateful he is to those that have already contributed to tackling the stigma associated with mental health. However, he stressed that there is still work to be done.
“I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I are that the dial seems to have shifted”
Prince Harry commented: “I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions. I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I are that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles.”
The Prince added: “But let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done – there is much, much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as commonplace as those about physical health.”
An interactive panel discussion took place which included speakers Tom Riordan – CEO of Leeds City Council, Stevie Ward – Leeds Rhinos Rugby Player and Founder of ‘Mantality’, Emma Holmes – CEO of the Market Place, and Kate Hainsworth – Deputy CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, as well as some young people who shared their stories around mental health.
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council, said: “Leeds is most certainly blessed to have such a strong third sector and I am delighted to have been a part of the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event. Leeds continues to do well economically but not enough people benefit from that. Employers can help us become a more compassionate city by signing up to the Mindful Employer standard.”
Sally-Anne Greenfield, CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are extremely grateful to Prince Harry for coming to the Leeds Leads event and meeting some of the inspiring individuals that have benefitted from the amazing work that is being delivered across Leeds.
“LCF is the fifth largest grant maker of the 46 Community Foundation’s in the UK, who combined managed to issue £65 million in grants last year. Events like this highlight how crucial the business community is to ensuring these charities have the funds to run the incredible initiatives and programmes helping to eliminate stigmas around mental health and support wellbeing in the city”.
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