Ant and Dec announce mental health milestone

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Ant and Dec announced an ITV mental health campaign run has reached a milestone since being launched in 2019.

The Britain Get Talking initiative encourages people to pick up the phone and make conversation instead of communicating via text or social media.

On this week’s Saturday Night Takeaway hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly announced over 100 million "new or more meaningful conversations" have been had since the campaign started.

During the programme Dec said: "Before we carry on with tonight's show, we have a little update for you.

 "Two years ago, we stood in this very studio and we asked Britain to get talking. The pandemic had only just begun – and so had a really tough time for the nation's mental health.

Ant added: "It was a very scary moment, but we know a good conversation has the power to ease our stress and reduce anxiety."

Dec said: "And Britain, you didn’t hold back. In fact, ever since we asked you to get talking, the total number of new or more meaningful conversations you've started has now officially passed one hundred million."

Ant continued: "Wow. A hundred million. Incredible. But as far as we've come, we're not finished yet!"

Dec added:  "It's just as important as ever to reach out and check in with the ones you know and love."

The segment concluded with the pair saying: "We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again [...] Come on Britain [...] Get talking."

ITV is now asking the UK to participate in 200 million actions to support mental and physical health before 2023 through its Britain Get Talking campaign, which is supported by Mind, YoungMinds and SAMH.

For more information about Britain Get Talking campaign visit the ITV website.