This week is such an exciting week for Best Beginnings with just 3 days to go to the London Marathon 2017!

The Heads Together campaign, spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is this year's Virgin Money London Marathon's Charity of the Year. The campaign brings together eight official charity partners, including Best Beginnings, to work with the nation to change the conversation on mental health.

Prince Harry meets our Marathon runner Alistair

Prince Harry and Alistair

The Best Beginnings Team are at the adrenaline-filled Marathon Expo where Prince Harry, who has opened up about his own mental health, met one of our marathon runners Alistair Bates. Sixty-two year old Rotarian, Alistair, took early retirement following mental health difficulties and found the most positive support came through the help of others and through exercise. You can read his story here.

Shereece, Best Beginnings fundraiser and contributor, on 'Mind over Marathon'

Mind over Marathon BBC One Shereece Foster
 
Also in Team Best Beginnings is 2013 X-Factor finalist, Shereece Foster, aka SeSe. If you missed her on the incredible documentary 'Mind over Marathon' last night, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer  and don't forget to tune in to Episode 2 on Thursday 27th April. The documentary follows a group of Heads Together Marathon runners living with, or affected by, mental health issues and is showing the nation that it's #oktosay 

Kiran and Punjab join parents in sharing their mental health stories

Kiran and Punjab

A conversation can make a huge difference when it comes to mental health. Like Shereece, Kiran features in our new mental health films 'Out of the Blue'. Following the birth of their child, Kiran developed post natal depression. Despite Punjab's own experiences with depression, Kiran was worried about opening up to him. When they started talking, they started their journey to recovery.

Get involved with Heads Together and Best Beginnings

Lady Gaga Prince William

Lady Gaga, Rio Ferdinand, Stephen Fry and many others have shared their mental health stories to show others it’s #oktosay.

You can get involved with Heads Together and Best Beginnings by sponsoring our runners or volunteering at the Marathon. It’s a little late to start training for Sunday’s Marathon, but if you're ready for a challenge we would love you to join us for the British 10k on Sunday 9th July!

Our mental health work and the Duchess of Cambridge

Out of the Blue Duchess of Cambridge

We recently launched a series of films which promote mental health for parents and their children called 'Out of the Blue'. These films, along with 200 others can be found for free in the web and app version of Baby Buddy. At the launch in March, The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about Best Beginnings' work and maternal mental health to raise awareness and start conversations about the wellbeing of parents and children. You can watch the Duchess of Cambridge’s speech and find out more about the 'Out of the Blue' series here.

James Akinyemi attended the ‘Out of the Blue’ launch with his wife who experienced postnatal depression. We are hugely grateful to James, of parenting mental health support group Grays Pandas, for advocating for Best Beginnings and our Baby Buddy App. If you live in the Essex area, you may have seen James in the Thurrock Gazette this week.

Following the Out of the Blue launch, Professor Vivette Glover invites Doctors and Allied Health Professionals to attend the Begin Before Birth Programme on the 8th June.

Our new partnership with Baby Dove

Baby Dove and Best Beginnings

Unilever is a company that takes its social responsibility seriously and is one of the three founding partner of Heads Together. We are proud to be working alongside them as part of the Heads Together campaign and also in our exciting new partnership with Unilever brand Baby Dove. Baby Dove believe there is no such thing as a ‘perfect mum’ only real mums, and that real mums need trusted support. By supporting Best Beginnings they will help us to promote Baby Buddy and ensure that more families around the country benefit from our free award winning app. Find out about our partnership, and watch Unilever's mental health film here.

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