NHS launches landmark mental health campaign

The NHS is launching a new landmark campaign using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!” to get the nation taking better care of their mental health.

Since the start of the pandemic some 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies, but more than 50 per cent of people were concerned about their mental health last year – and around half also experienced stress, anxiety, low mood or depression.

The NHS is encouraging anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns to come forward and see how talking therapies can help them.

Backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, the campaign will encourage people struggling with their mental health to seek support. Top names from the UK music industry will launch the campaign with a speaking rendition of the song – encouraging more people to seek ‘Help!’. It is also being backed by a number of leading charities including Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and AGE UK.

Claire Murdoch, NHS mental health director, 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 okay 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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