A new NHS video backing a mental health campaign has been launched today which sees musicians such as Girls Aloud member Nicola Roberts and Craig David reciting the lyrics to the classic Beatles track Help!
The film hopes to encourage those struggling with their mental wellbeing to seek professional support.
Famous names including Ella Henderson, Laura Mvula and The Wanted’s Max George make an appearance in the clip.
The soundtrack was donated to the NHS by Sony Music and Apple Corps.
Roberts said: “I’m someone that has benefited hugely from talking therapy.
“I think there is such a taboo around it that people almost feel like they’ve failed or they weren’t strong enough to figure out a situation by themselves.
“But if you’re feeling like you can’t see the wood for the trees or light at the end of the tunnel, it’s imperative to reach out because you can’t always do it alone.
“It’s about saying this is what is happening to me, it’s not my fault, but my happiness matters and I’m going to put my hand up and say I need some help.
“I wouldn’t be where I am now without therapy.”
Mvula added: “Through my own personal experience of when I had therapy on the NHS, it did so much for my emotional wellbeing just to know that someone was truly caring for me on a regular basis.
“It helped me see that things are temporary and however bad and permanent your situation feels, reaching out and sharing with someone you can trust is so important.
“It’s okay to ask for help – everybody needs it.”
The NHS has recorded 2.3 million people signing up for mental health therapy since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.
NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch said: “The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation’s mental health, and we know January can be a particularly tough month for many.
“Over a million people already use NHS talking therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and that is exactly what this campaign is all about.
“If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or are feeling low, it’s important you know you are not alone and that it is OK to get help. No-one should suffer in silence.
“NHS staff have pulled out all the stops throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music back our campaign and encourage people to get the support they need.”
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