Mental ill-health
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The NHS is going to launch a new campaign using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!” to encourage people to take better care of their mental health.

The campaign, being launched today (January 17), is backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, urging people to seek support for their mental wellbeing.

Since the beginning of the pandemic around 2.3 million people have come forward for NHS talking therapies, with over 50 per cent being concerned about their mental health last year.

The NHS is encouraging anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns to experience how talking therapies can help them.

NHS mental health talking therapies are a confidential service run by fully trained experts that can be accessed through self-referral or GP practice.

NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch said: “The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation’s mental health, and we know January can be a particularly tough month for many.

“Over a million people already use NHS talking therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and that is exactly what this campaign is all about.

“If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or are feeling low, it’s important you know you are not alone and that it is okay to get help. No one should suffer in silence.

“NHS staff have pulled out all the stops throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music back our campaign and encourage people to get the support they need”.

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