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Stephen Fry appears in mental health video

Press Association logoPress Association 12/04/2017

Actor and comedian Stephen Fry appears in a video talking to his psychiatrist about his mental health breaking down.

The British film is the latest in a series created by Heads Together, the campaign spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

It comes as a YouGov poll, released by the campaign, shows that four out of 10 (42 per cent) men have had a conversation recently about mental health compared with six out of 10 (58 per cent) women.

The survey of 1678 people also found that men (29 per cent) are less likely than women (37 per cent) to expect to talk about their mental health in the next six months, although men and women find these conversations equally helpful (83 per cent).

The Heads Together film series features people from all walks of life talking about the conversations that helped them cope with their mental health problems.

Fry, 59, talks with his psychiatrist, Dr William Shanahan, on a bench in St James's Park about his mental health breaking down, and also about how talking openly helped him heal and continues to help him manage his mental health.

"Most people aren't very good at opening up and I think we have to, I certainly have to, get people to feel that this is going to be a comfortable time and a helpful time for them," Dr Shanahan said.

"One conversation can make all the difference for people."

In statement issued when the film series launched, William, Kate and Harry said: "Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point. We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life."

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