Prince William and Lady Gaga have joined forces to encourage more people to have an open conversation about mental health as part of the Heads Together #oktosay film series.
The Royal Family’s Facebook page hosted the World Premiere of a new film of the pair in conversation over FaceTime from their respective homes in London and Los Angeles. They discussed the powerful films that have been released showing people from all walks of life discussing their mental health challenges under the #oktosay banner. Lady Gaga praised them for the ‘beautiful stories’ they told.

Last year Lady Gaga released an open letter through her Born This Way Foundation revealing that she lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Duke was hugely impressed with the openness displayed in the letter and asked Lady Gaga to get involved with the Heads Together campaign.

In their FaceTime call they discussed how opening up and having conversations about mental health was vital to shatter the stigma that still surrounds these issues. Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were ‘not hiding anymore’ with The Duke adding that it is time ‘to feel normal about mental health – it’s the same as physical health’ and that good conversations can ‘really make such a difference.’

The Duke and Lady Gaga also made plans to meet in the UK in October to discuss how they can work together and do more to tackle stigma on mental health with Lady Gaga saying ‘we have to make the strongest, most relentless attempt we can to normalise mental health issues.’ They want to have a particular focus on young people.

YouGov carried out a survey, on behalf of Heads Together, of 5,003 adults, between
21st – 28th February 2017. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been
weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). The results included:

  • People aged 18-24 are more likely than older age groups to have had a recent conversation on mental health. 57% of 18-24 year-olds have had a conversation on mental health in the last three months, compared to 32% of over 65 year-olds and 44% of 50-64 year-olds.

  • People aged 18-24 are more likely than older age groups to expect to have a conversation in the next six months. Just under half of 18-24 year-olds (46%) expect to have a conversation about their own mental health, three times the level of over 65s (16%) and double the level of 50-64 year holds (28%).

  • Eight out of ten (78%) of 18-24 year-olds who had a conversation about mental health, spoke to a friend, compared to half (57%) of those aged 25 and over, who were more likely to talk to a family member (71%).

  • The younger someone is the less comfortable they are talking to a family member about their mental health with 34% of 18-24 year-olds reporting this compared to 27% of 50-64 year-olds and 18% of those 65 and over.

  • Younger people are also the most likely to say they are uncomfortable talking to a GP about their mental health (29% of 18-24 year-olds compared to 17% of 50-64 year-olds and 14% of those 65 and over) are the least likely to go to the GP for help with a mental health problem. Just 39% of 18-24 year-olds would go to the GP for help compared to 62% of 25-49 year-olds and 77% of over 50s.

  • While half of young people (51%) would find talking in person the most comfortable way to start a conversation with someone about their own mental health, one in four (24%) would prefer a conversation either over the phone, via text, email or a social media chat. This compares to one in ten 50-64 year-olds (8%) and just 5% of over 65 year-olds.

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