New mental health campaign launched by NHS with ‘Help!’ from The Beatles

The NHS has launched a new ‘landmark’ campaign to get Londoners to take better care of their mental health, using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!’ to promote the campaign. 

The classic soundtrack, written by the Beatles superstar in 1964, includes the lyrics “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down” and were donated by Sony Music and Apple Corps for the campaign’s rendition. ‘Help!’ was written by John Lennon in 1964. It is thought to be one of his most ‘honest and genuine’ songs and the NHS consider it ideal for the campaign. 

Other UK music artists have supported the campaign, which they hope will encourage people struggling with their mental health to seek support. Top names from the UK music industry including Craig David, Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts, Tom Grennan, Laura Mvula, Ella Henderson and Max George, will launch the campaign with a speaking rendition of the song which will be broadcast on TV and available online. 

Since the start of the pandemic some 300,000 Londoners have started NHS talking therapies. New figures show that over 57% of people in London were concerned about their mental health in 2021 and 51% reported they did not seek professional help.

The NHS said data revealed people have become more conscious of their mental health, with 63% planning to focus more on this in 2022. 

In December, the NHS launched a new online mental health service for young people.

Image above: a mental health nurse consoling a patient

Focus on talking therapies

Half of those concerned about their mental health experienced stress and anxiety with nearly 40% experiencing low mood or depression. The NHS says many more people could benefit from talking therapies.

Anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns is being encouraged to come forward and see how talking therapies can help them. 

NHS mental health talking therapies are a confidential service run by fully trained experts and can be accessed by self-referral or through your GP.  The all-star campaign, is also being backed by a number of leading charities.

Antoinette, Senior CBT Therapist at Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust said:

“I would say to anyone struggling – please don’t be ashamed. It is normal and human to experience difficulties with your mental health. I really encourage you to speak to whoever you feel comfortable to, and know the NHS are here for support.”   

“It is so fulfilling to see the change in people once they have reached out for help. I see people feel more motivated to do things they haven’t done in a while, even just getting out of bed, or building the confidence to look for work. I have literally seen people save themselves and all they needed was a little bit of support and encouragement from us along the way.”

‘NHS in London is here for you’, says Mental Health boss

Regional Head of Mental Health for the NHS in London, Emma Christie, said:

“The Covid pandemic has had such a significant impact on the mental health Londoners, leading to increased isolation, loneliness and stress, and it has never been more important to take active steps to support your mental health.

“Since the pandemic began, over 300,000 people have already accessed NHS talking therapies in London, and our NHS services are ready to support you.

“Whether you are experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, or struggling to cope with day to day life – as this fantastic campaign shows, you are not alone – people from all walks of life experience mental health concerns from time to time and all can benefit from talking therapies.

“The NHS in London is here for you, and I urge anyone who feels like they may need this additional support to reach out to us.”

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