Radio broadcasters across the UK joined forces with royalty and celebrities for a minute this morning to highlight the importance of talking about mental health and mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week.
At 10:59am today, Monday, May 18, listeners all over the UK took a #MentalHealthMinute to remember that, even during these uncertain times, we are all connected and that you are not alone.
If you missed the special minute don't worry, you can still get involved online by using the hashtag #MentalHealthMinute.
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plus well-known faces from the worlds of sport, music, screen and stage pledged their support. Popstar Dua Lipa and footballer Harry Kane adhered to social distancing rules and recorded videos at home to remind listeners that they are not alone.
It follows last year's #MentalHealthMinute which was broadcast across 500 radio stations and reached more than 20 million people across the UK. It featured His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, alongside pop star Katy Perry, comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry, actress and activist Jameela Jamil and singer and television personality Alesha Dixon.
The celebrities came together to talk about the value of listening and the positive role it can play on our mental health. The aim was and still is, to emphasise the importance of talking about mental health, how listening cannot be underestimated and how each and every one of us has the power to make a difference.
Forces charity Combat Stress treats veterans suffering from mental health conditions, including PTSD, depression and anxiety. Their experts say there are warning signs to look out for in ourselves, and in others.
- Feeling isolated
- Lacking energy
- Feeling detached from things you enjoy
- Anger or aggressive behaviour
- Misuse of alcohol or drugs
- Mood swings and anxiety
According to mental health charity Mind, one in four will experience a mental health problem each year and approximately one in eight adults are currently receiving treatment.
If you are currently serving or are a veteran and feel the need to speak to someone about your mental health don't hesitate to contact Combat Stress. or you can contact Military Mental Health Helpline on 0800 323 4444 for advice or support.