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Celebrities urge Britain to get talking

Britain Get Talking: a new mental wellness campaign by ITV Credit: ITV

It can be as simple as a "hello", or "how are you?"

ITV is encouraging people to take time out to talk to one another and improve the nation's mental health.

So why not reach out and speak up? A recent survey found at least one in four parents communicate with their teenage children by phone, email or text.

Here's a special message from TV personalities Scarlett Moffatt, Vicky Pattison, Michelle Heaton, comedian Lost Voice Guy and Olympian Aly Dixon.

On Saturday 5 October, Ant and Dec interrupted 'Britain's Got Talent - The Champions', to launch a new mental wellness campaign, backed by a host of ITV's top stars.

Britain Get Talking, a take on the flagship show's acronym, is also backed by mental health charities Mind and YoungMinds, and SAMH in Scotland.

According to the NHS, anxiety and depression in children has risen by 48% since 2004.

But talking and listening can build mental wellness, so ITV is encouraging you to tune back into the story in your living room.

A YouGov survey of 3,051 parents commissioned by ITV for the Britain Get Talking campaign found the following:

61%
of parents of teenagers worry about their child's mental health
40%
of parents agree it’s hard to find time to have a proper conversation with loved ones
1/4
of parents of teens don’t use face to face as their main way of keeping in touch
1 in 10
parents of teens typically spend less than 15 minutes per day having a meaningful chat
4x
parents are four times as likely to ask teens what they want for dinner than their mental health

We asked some celebrities what they pledge to do, to better their own mental wellbeing.

I pledge to delete every account on Instagram that makes me feel bad about myself.

– Vicky Pattison

I pledge to focus less on negative comments on social media and praise the positive ones.

– Michelle Heaton

I pledge to read a good book at least once a week.

– Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy

I pledge to take at least half an hour out of my week to walk my dog.

– Scarlett Moffatt

4Talking and really listening to the answers can build mental wellness.

Sometimes that might be about feelings, but sometimes it’s easier to start talking if it’s about something else - so try our conversation starters to have a different kind of chat.