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Artists star in NHS mental health campaign to encourage people to seek support

BRITAIN’S biggest artists will feature in a new NHS mental health campaign, reciting words from the Beatles song Help to encourage people struggling to seek support.

In the video, stars including Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, singers Craig David and Tom Grennan and songwriter Laura Mvula recite the lyrics to John Lennon’s famous track from 1964.

The song includes the lyrics: “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2.3 million people have signed up for talking therapies with the NHS.

The service is encouraging those suffering with their mental health to try talking therapies, which can be accessed by self-referral or through GPs.

It is boosting its community mental health services by £2.3 billion a year to improve access to talking therapies.

Ms Roberts said: “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 light at the end of the tunnel, it’s imperative to reach out because you can’t always do it alone.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without therapy.”

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.

“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.”

The campaign is backed by Mind, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Age UK.

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