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Supporting our mental wellbeing through talking

Britain Get Singing

Britain Get Singing on ITV1 is about showing how singing together can help us feel more connected and support our mental wellbeing.

If you or someone you know has been affected by issues covered in the show, you can find a list of support organisations here.

A different kind of homework

Mental Health has declined in almost 40% of school children (NHS Survey). That’s why we’re setting the nation a different kind of homework. It’s designed to help ease our stress and reduce our anxiety by asking what's on our minds. Download our homework task and have a chat tonight.

Ant and Dec are standing side by side against a bright yellow background. They are holding pink and blue school jotters. On the front page, there is an image of a speech bubble with lines.

[A young girl looks up at the camera. Throughout the video, a group of children are in different locations. The speakers change at the end of each sentence. ]

- Mum

- Dad

- Gran

- Uncle Alistair

- Listen up.

[A boy bangs on a drum kit]

[A girl walks down a school hallway]

- We need to talk about our mental health.

[A girl sits in a stairwell, looking up at the camera whilst on her phone]

- Have you seen the news lately?’

[One girl sits by an outside sports area and signs]

Subtitle reads: It’s scary!

[A girl leans against a railing]

- The cost of living

[A girl turns around in her seat during an assembly]

- The climate

- Crisis after crisis

[One girl sits by an outside sports area and signs]

Subtitle reads: I know you are trying to protect us.

[A boy looks at his reflection in the bathroom mirror]

- By not talking to us about these things.

[Outside a breakfast cafe, a group of school children are eating food.]

- But the truth is, we’re already talking about them.

[Children talk and eat in a lunch hall. Others are working in an art room.]

- Here

- Here

[In a classroom during a lesson, a girl turns to the camera]

- And here

Teacher: Ahem!

[The girl looks sheepish]

- Sorry, Miss

[In a science class, a girl wears protective goggles whilst using a bunsen burner]

- Nevermind maths or chemistry.

[Outside during PE, a teacher points at students.]

Teacher: John, Team B

[One boy has his shoulder nudged as another walks past him. He looks annoyed]

- Or PE

[In an empty room a young girl stands alone against a wall]

- What’s on our mind can be the hardest subject. So ask us what’s on ours.

[A girl leans against a railing]

- A proper chat can ease our stress

- And reduce our anxiety

[A boy in a crowded playground]

- So what are you waiting for?

[In a school gym, a boy stands alone in the centre of a playing court as other children run to him bouncing basketballs.]

- Come on, Britain!

[A little girl at her school desk]

- Get talking

The scene changes to the view from a classroom window, a statistic appears on screen which reads ‘Mental Health has declined in almost 40% of schoolchildren.’

The text on screen reads ‘Britain Get Talking. For more information Supported by Mind and YoungMinds.’

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The text reads 'What's on our minds can be the hardest subject. So ask them what's on theirs.' A school exercise book with an empty speech bubble at the top of the page. It contains lines to write on which reads 'floods and earthquakes.'

Top tips for having difficult conversations.

Try having the conversation whilst doing another activity for example the washing up.

Start the conversation with open-ended questions like "What’s on your mind?”

Actively listen and leave room for them to speak. You don’t need to fix all their problems immediately.

Sometimes it helps to share personal stories or experiences to help put them at ease.

If they don’t want to talk, reassure them that the door is always open when they’re ready.

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