The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry show it’s #oktosay
This film captures a conversation between Their Royal Highnesses that occurred at Kensington Palace on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th April as they looked ahead to the Virgin Money London Marathon and reflected on the growth of the campaign over the last year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry released films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign. The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said:
“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. And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent.
“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. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead.”
Watch the films and scroll down for the full series:
Joining the #oktosay conversation
It’s not always easy to talk about how you feel. But when someone is struggling, speaking to someone they trust can make a real difference.
Two heads are better than one when it comes to our mental health. So when someone you know is going through a difficult time, it’s OK to ask how they are – and if you feel like you need to speak to someone, it’s OK to say so.
Help us show that it’s ok to say by:
Watching and sharing the films below
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William + Catherine + Harry
The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry talk about their goal to shine a spotlight on the power of conversation and discuss bereavement, modern childhood, and dealing with trauma in the workplace. Prince Harry said, "when you speak peoples families and to kids you think ‘wow’ I don’t want them to have to go through the same things; with a little bit of experience you want to help as much as you can"
Lady Gaga + Prince William
In their FaceTime call, The Duke and Lady Gaga discussed how opening up and having conversations about mental health is vital to ending the stigma that still surrounds these issues. Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were 'not hiding anymore' and the The Duke added that it is time 'to feel normal about mental health – it's the same as physical health' and that good conversations can 'really make such a difference.'
Stephen + Bill
Stephen Fry talks with his psychiatrist Bill on a bench in St James’s Park about his mental health breaking down and how talking openly helped him heal, and continues to help him manage his mental health.
Mim + Ara
BBC 1Extra and Asian Network DJ, Mim Shaikh talks in a recording studio with career mentor Ara Steven about the comfort and relief Mim felt after a conversation about his mental health with Ara. The film was directed by Zam Sa
Rio + Jamie
In this film, Rio opens up to his business partner, agent and close friend Jamie Moralee about how they first talked about his grief of losing Rebecca his wife.
Katharine + Caroline
Katharine Welby-Roberts is a former police officer and now a blogger and new mum to a 6 month year old baby boy. She has struggled with depression and anxiety for over 10 years and has used her blog as a platform to raise awareness about living with mental health issues. Daughter of the The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, she has also spoken about the need to promote honesty and openness to help tackle the stigma of mental health in the church.
Freddie + Stephen
Stephen Manderson - better known by his stage name Professor Green - is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and documentary maker. He is also a patron of Calm, which is the charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff MBE is a former captain of the England cricket team. He won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2005 and in 2006 he was awarded an MBE. In this conversation, Stephen and Freddie talk about their own experiences of mental health and the benefits of speaking openly.
Adwoa + Camilla
Ghanaian-English Adwoa Aboah has modelled for Calvin Klein, H&M, Fendi and many others. In this film, she opens up to her mother Camilla Lowther about their first conversations around her mental health.
Sue + Jo
Jo blogs under the name "The Lady London". In this conversation, she speaks with her mum Sue about the moment she first opened up about her mental health challenges and the difference it has made.
Katie + Sarah
Katie and Sarah were struggling with the loneliness associated with becoming new mums when they started an awkward conversation in a playground. The relationship that ensued made their experience of motherhood more fun because they could share the highs and lows of life with small children.
Ruby + Ed
American actress, mental health campaigner, speaker and author Ruby Wax OBE speaks with her husband, Ed, about the first time she revealed her mental illness to him. Ruby is an ambassador for Mind and SANE.
Naa-Affie + Anni
Anni is a journalist. She has spoken openly about the stigma attached to mental health issues within the black community. In this conversation she talks about the first time she confided in her best friend, Naa-Affie, on a beach in Barcelona while they were on holiday.
Fiona + Alastair
Alastair is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Alastair has campaigned relentlessly to end stigma around mental health. In this film, Alastair talks to his partner Fiona about his own experiences.
Julie + Phil
Phil talks to his wife Julie about his mental health and the difference that speaking openly has made after he contracted Q Fever whilst serving as a Royal Marine in Iraq.
Mark + Maddy
Maddy Austin is a studying biochemistry at university and will be running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Place2Be, one of the charity partners of Heads Together. In this film she talks to her father, broadcaster Mark Austin, about her teenage battle with anorexia.
Dan + Rich
Dan is an emergency medical technician. A couple of years ago he had a traumatic experience on the job and started having flashbacks and nightmares, later diagnosed as PTSD. He reached out and confided in his colleague, Rich, and attributes that conversation to helping him overcome it.