The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry recently launched their mental health awareness campaign at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Heads Together initiative aims to end the stigma around the illness, with the royals working alongside a number of UK charities.

The launch in Stratford was an opportunity to showcase the work of the organisations in their efforts to raise awareness and provide support for those who have been affected.

Prince Harry tries out the decks

Prince William said: “Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities and veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges.

Heads Together wants to get people talking. The more we talk about mental health, the more normal the topic becomes and the more we feel able to open up and seek support.

“By asking for help, by telling a friend we have a problem, by asking someone else how they feel – by having a conversation – we take the first step to feeling better about ourselves – and the first step to being able to cope better with the ups and downs of life. This is relevant to everyone.”

Prince William shows off his boxing skills

The charities involved in the campaign are the Anna Freud Centre, Best Beginnings, CALM, Contact, Mind, Place2Be, The Mix and YoungMinds.

Princess Kate said: “Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of judgment stops people from getting the help they need, which can destroy families and end lives.

“Heads Together wants to help everyone feel much more confident with their everyday mental health, and to have the practical tools to support their friends and family.”

The campaign will be open for other organisations to join in the months ahead and will be supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Prince Harry, Princess Kate and Prince William speaking at the Heads Together launch

It has been named as the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year and hundreds of runners will hit the streets of London to support the cause.

Prince Harry said: “We’re already working with our partner charities and thousands of people to change the way that people think about mental health. We do not want prejudice and fear to stand in the way of people getting the help they need to cope with life.

“We want to build on the great work that others are already doing, but make it even more ambitious. By putting our heads together, we can all make a big difference.”

Heads Together is supported by The Hans and Julia Rausing Trust, ShareGift and founding corporate partners Dixons Carphone, Unilever UK and Virgin Money.