A new video has been released which features British music stars encouraging people struggling with mental health issues to seek help.
Merseyside Girls Aloud pop star Nicola Roberts and singers Craig David and Tom Grennan are among the famous faces featured in a new NHS mental health campaign reciting lyrics from the Beatles song Help!
The historic campaign encourages people struggling with their mental wellbeing to seek help.
In the video, stars like Max George of The Wanted, Ella Henderson and songwriter Laura Mvula recite the lyrics to John Lennon’s famous track.
The classic soundtrack, written by the Beatles superstar in 1964, includes the lyrics “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down” and was donated by Sony Music and Apple Corps for the campaign’s rendition.
Since the start of the pandemic, 2.3 million people have registered for talk therapy with the NHS.
Girls Aloud musician Nicola Roberts said:
“I am someone who has benefited tremendously from talk therapy.
“I think there’s such a taboo around it that people almost feel like they’ve failed or aren’t strong enough to figure out a situation on their own.
“But if you feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees or the 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’s happening to me, it’s not my fault, but my happiness matters and I’m going to raise my hand and say I need help.
“I wouldn’t be where I am now without therapy.”
The NHS is encouraging people with mental health problems to try Talking Therapies, a confidential service run by fully trained experts, which you can access on your own or through your GP.
Laura Mvula added: “Through my own personal experience when I went to therapy on the NHS, it did so much for my emotional well-being to know that someone really cared for me on a regular basis.
“It helped me see that things are temporary and as bad and permanent as your situation feels, reaching out and sharing with someone you can trust is so important.
“It’s okay to ask for help – everyone needs it.”
The NHS is increasing its community mental health services by £2.3billion a year, which will improve access to talk therapies.
NHS Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch said:
“The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of the country, and we know that January can be a particularly difficult month for many.
“Over a million people already use NHS talk therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and it’s exactly the purpose of this campaign.
“If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or feeling depressed, it is important that you know that you are not alone and that there is help available. No one should suffer in silence.
“NHS staff have done everything they can throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music supporting our campaign and encouraging people to get the support they need.”
The star-studded campaign is backed by charities Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Age UK.