Royal fans praise 'oustanding' new initiative as Kensington Palace makes exciting announcement

Kensington Palace has announced that as part of the Heads Up foundation work, there will a major change to football matches during the third round of the FA Cup.

The change was announced on Twitter, as the official account for the Heads Up foundation revealed that all games will start one minute later so that we can take a minute for mental health.

The tweet, which was also shared by Kensington Palace, read, ‘👀 NEWS JUST IN! Every game in The @FA Cup 3rd round will kick off 1 minute later than usual so we can all Take a Minute for mental health. Read more 👇 #HeadsUp'.

Royal fans were quick to reply and praise the innitiave, with one saying, ‘This is just OUTSTANDING!!! Well done @FA @heads_together.’

Heads Together was launched in early 2017 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, aiming to “tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services".

The royals have been campaigning to promote openness around the topic for a few years now.

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Speaking to health journalists at the Guild of Health Writers event in London, Prince William previously explained, “Mental health was the great taboo. If you were anxious, it’s because you were weak.

"If you couldn’t cope with whatever life threw at you, it’s because you were failing. Successful, strong people don’t suffer like that, do they? But of course – we all do. It’s just that few of us speak about it.”

In another occasion, he also revealed how him and his wife Catherine are raising their children to speak about how they feel.

“Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings”, the dad said.

“We will all go through tough times in our lives, but men especially feel the need to pretend that everything is OK, and that admitting this to their friends will make them appear weak. I can assure you this is actually a sign of strength.”

What a lovely innitiative to raise awareness!

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the managing editor of woman&home. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.