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Celebrities join UK mental health video

Press Association logoPress Association 30/03/2017 Tony Jones

A former English cricket captain, a rapper and comic are just some of the stars talking publicly about their mental health battles in a series of new films.

Andrew Flintoff, Professor Green and Ruby Wax all appear in the series, which features celebrities and ordinary people describing life-changing conversations when they opened up about problems such as anxiety or depression.

The 10 films were commissioned by Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of their Heads Together mental health campaign, to encourage the nation to talk about their psychological issues.

"Since we launched Heads Together last May, we have seen time and time again that shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.

"When you realise that mental health problems affect your friends, neighbours, children and spouses, the walls of judgement and prejudice around these issues begin to fall," the royal trio said in a statement.

"And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent."

In one film, Green chatted to Flintoff about the moment he broke down while speaking about his father's suicide to his grandmother during the filming of a documentary and how he was "petrified" at being seen at his "most vulnerable" but the conversation changed everything.

The former cricketer, who has spoken of his battle with depression, said he initially found it hard to talk about his problems.

"I'm not a big talker. I'm from the north of England, from a working-class family. We don't talk about our feelings," he said.

Also featured in the films are Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell chatting to his partner Fiona Millar about his well-documented fight against depression.

Broadcaster Mark Austin speaks to his daughter, Maddy, about how she dealt with anorexia, while comic Ruby Wax and her husband, Ed Bye, discuss her mental illness.

Heads Together has commissioned a YouGov poll which found nearly half of 5,003 adults, questioned in February, have talked recently about mental health, with a quarter chatting about their own psychological problems.

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