The NHS has launched a new landmark campaign this week, using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!’ to get the nation taking better care of their mental health.
Backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, the campaign aims to encourage people struggling with their mental health to seek support.
‘Help!’, written by John Lennon in 1964, was credited by the superstar songwriter as one of his most honest and genuine songs and with lyrics like ‘Help me if you can I’m feeling down’.
Since the start of the pandemic some 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies, but with new figures out today showing that over 50% of people were concerned about their mental health last year – and around half also experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, and the majority not seeking professional help – many more could benefit.
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.
NHS mental health talking therapies are a confidential service run by fully trained experts and can be accessed by self-referral or through your GP practice.
Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said, ‘The pandemic has affected so many of our lives and has led to many more people needing support for their mental health. Anyone from any background can experience anxiety and depression and it’s important that people with these symptoms come forward to seek help.
‘This campaign is vitally important and will help even more people get the mental health support they need from our fantastic NHS services.’
Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Charity Director, said ‘This campaign could not be coming at a better time. The mental health of many older people has taken a real battering during the pandemic and we hope that this new initiative will encourage everyone who could do with some support to reach out and ask for it. ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’ as they say – it’s good to talk and there’s no reason for anyone to feel embarrassed or ashamed because they are feeling very low. We’ve all been through a lot these last twenty months, many older people more than most.’
Through the NHS Long Term Plan, the NHS is boosting its community mental health services by £2.3bn a year – improving access to services such as adult talking therapies for millions.
Statistics also show that the NHS is improving access to adult talking therapies, with more than 90% of patients starting treatment within six weeks of making a referral.
To support people with the effects of the pandemic, every area of the country now has aces to a 24/7 mental health helpline to help people in crisis get urgent care.
Visit the NHS YouTube website to watch the campaign video.
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