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Last month the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry came together to release ten different films on mental health as part of the Heads Together campaign.
Each film features people who have suffered from mental health talking about the person they first opened up to. Heads Together believes that the first time a person talks about their mental health problems is often a life-changing conversation, whether their mental health problem is related to anxiety, alcoholism, depression, loneliness, trauma or bereavement.
Published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website, the first batch of films includes musician Professor Green, cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax, model Adwoa Aboah and writer Alastair Campbell.
This is in addition to a number of ordinary people who have experienced mental ill-health during their lives.
Directors Stephen Frears, Hugh O’Connor, John Madden, John Crowley, Paul Katis, and Sam Blair also gave their time to help create and support the films.
Online platforms, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, hope that by sharing these films, users within their online communities will be inspired to have a conversation about their own mental health.
Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, which is one of the Heads Together Charity Partners, commented: “It is truly ground-breaking 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.”
The Heads Together campaign hopes to encourage the UK to open up about its mental health as well as highlighting some of the challenges that must be tackled.
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