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Rio Ferdinand Shows ‘It’s Ok To Say’ In Latest Films For Heads Together Series
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Footballer Rio Ferdinand and Katharine Welby-Roberts, the daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury, have released films today showing them talking with the person they opened upto about pressures to their mental health.
The films are the latest in a series created by Heads Together, the campaign spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, featuring people from all walks of life talking about the life changing conversations that helped them cope with their mental health problems.
Rio Ferdinand talks openly with his close friend Jamie about the first time Rio opened up about coping with losing his wife Rebecca to cancer in the film, which was recorded in the football TV studio where Rio works and directed by Sam Blair.
Katharine Welby-Roberts talks with her mother Caroline about how starting to talk about her experience of depression with her family and writing a blog enabled Katherine to seek help and look after her mental health. The film takes place in the kitchen at Lambeth Palace, London, and was directed by Sir Richard Eyre.
The latest films have been published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website alongside the first set in the series, which feature a range of people including familiar faces such as Stephen Manderson (Professor Green), Cricketer Freddie Flintoff, comedian Ruby Wax, writer Alastair Campbell and model Adwoa Aboah. More films will be released in the run up to the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, for which Heads Together has the privilege of being the Official Charity of the Year.
Heads Together Charity and Founding Partners have also begun to create their own films showing that it is OK to say. The Mix and YoungMinds have released films showing young people talking about their mental health and both Dixons and Unilever have published films showing employees talking to each other about pressures to their mental health. All films tagged with #oktosay are being brought together on to the Heads Together YouTube page. Recent YouGov research commissioned by Heads Together shows that eight out of ten people who have talked about their own mental health feel that it has helped and the campaign hopes that people who see the films will be encouraged to have their own conversation.
About Heads Together
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that fear no longer prevents people talking or getting the help they need.
Heads Together brings together a team of Charity Partners that have achieved great progress in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health problems. The team covers a wide range of mental health issues that are close to The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry’s passions. They are: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families; Best Beginnings; CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably; Contact (a military mental health coalition); Mind; Place2Be; The Mix; YoungMinds. The privilege of being the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year gives Heads Together a positive platform to raise funds for the support provided by the campaign’s charity partners and to start millions of conversations.
The Heads Together campaign is being generously supported by The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust, ShareGift and the first three Heads Together Founding Partners – Dixons Carphone, Unilever UK and Virgin Money. This support will help amplify the aims of the campaign as well as fund specific projects designed to help us all with mental health.
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