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NHS launches landmark mental health campaign

By January 19, 2022No Comments

On 17th January, NHS England and NHS Improvement launched a campaign to promote NHS mental health services.

The Help Us Help You Mental Health campaign encourages anyone experiencing feelings such as anxiety, depression or other common mental health concerns to seek help through NHS Talking Therapies.

The campaign is backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, including Girls Aloud pop star Nicola Roberts and singers Craig David and Tom Grennan, and is backed by charities Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Age UK. The promotional video features the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!’, with other materials using quotes from the song.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2.3 million people have signed up for talking therapies with the NHS. However, recent figures show that over 50% of people were concerned about their mental health last year, and the majority where not seeking professional help.

Girls Aloud musician Nicola Roberts is someone who has benefitted from seeking professional help:

“I’m someone that has benefited hugely from talking therapy. I think there is such a taboo around it that people almost feel like they’ve failed or they weren’t strong enough to figure out a situation by themselves. But if you’re feeling like you can’t see the wood from the trees or light at the end of the tunnel, it’s imperative to reach out because you can’t always do it alone.”

The NHS is planning to boost its community mental health services by £2.3 billion a year, which should improve access to talking therapies. Statistics also show that access to adult talking therapies is already improving, with more than 90% of patients now starting treatment within six weeks of referred.

The promotional video for the new campaign is now available on our Envisage waiting room TV system for users to add to their playlists. Please speak to our dedicated technical support team on 0114 399 0010, or by emailing: support@numed.co.uk if you would like any help with this.

For more information about using Envisage waiting room TV and patient call system to share important messages with your patients, please contact our team on 0114 243 3896, or email: enquiries@numed.co.uk.