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The biggest names in comedy will join forces to support Heads Together, the campaign to change the conversation on mental health spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The star-studded line-up for the Heads Together Comedy Night for YoungMinds is topped by Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill, Frank Skinner, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan, Tommy Tiernan and more.
Taking place at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 18 September 2017, the event will raise money for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading children and young people’s mental health charity, and one of eight charity partners of the Heads Together campaign.
Heads Together already celebrates support by the likes of Lady Gaga, Andrew Flintoff and Professor Green, challenging the stigma that often prevents people from taking steps towards getting help. They were named Chartiy of the Year for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, with thousands of runners sporting matching headbands.
“We are delighted that some of the most famous names in comedy are getting their heads together to shine a light on children and young people’s mental health,” says Chief Executive Sarah Brennan. “Heads Together has made an incredible difference in getting people talking openly when they’re struggling to cope – but there is still much more work to do.”
“At the moment only one in four children with a mental health problem get the support that they need, and many suffer in silence for years. It’s crucial that we get young people talking about mental health, and also that we make sure the right help is available as soon as problems emerge.”
Comedian Frank Skinner adds: “Like most people, I like to imagine growing-up as a carefree and wondrous experience. The truth can be a lot more complicated than that. My own youth was blighted by the threat of Napoleonic invasion so I know what I’m talking about. But seriously, I’m proud to be part of this benefit night. Those very real growing-pains need to be openly accepted and talked about. Then the carefree wonder will take care of itself.”
Heads Together Comedy Night for YoungMinds will take place on the 18 September 2017. Tickets for the event go on sale at 12:00 on Wednesday 7 June through Ticketmaster.co.uk.