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
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
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.
Social Media: hashtag #HeadsTogether #OkToSay
Twitter: @kensingtonroyal / @Heads_Together
Instagram: KensingtonRoyal / Heads_Together
Facebook: @TheBritishMonarchy / @HeadsTogetherCampaign
YouTube: #oktosay film series playlist
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