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Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry release series of films focusing on mental health

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign. The films feature people from all walks of life talking,

The series of films feature people from all walks of life talking about their mental health problems, and how talking openly about mental health have helped them to cope.

From celebrities to the ordinary person, many people are featured in the films talking about a variety of mental health problems, including depression, loneliness, trauma and bereavement.

 

Some of those opening up about coping with mental health include singer Professor Green, Cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax and journalist and former aide to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell.

Speaking ahead of the films being released, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry jointly said: “Since we launched Heads Together last May, we have seen time and time again that shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.

“When you realise that mental health problems affect your friends, neighbours, children and spouses, the walls of judgement and prejudice around these issues begin to fall. And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent.

“Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point. We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead.”

 

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, which is one of the Heads Together Charity Partners, said: “It is truly groundbreaking to see so many people, from all walks of life, sharing their mental health experiences on film in the hope of inspiring others to strike up their own conversation.

“These films have the power to spark life-changing and, in some cases, life-saving conversations. We hope that there will be a snowball effect with more and more people seeing the benefits of speaking out and supporting each other.”

In addition to the films, Heads Together have published a survey of how people in Britain currently talk about their mental health. The survey, which was carried out by YouGov, shows that almost half of the population (46%) have spoken recently about mental health.

 

Furthermore, a quarter of respondents have said that they have been talking about their own mental health. Eight out of ten people say that talking to somebody else has been helpful.

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