Celebrities star in World Mental Health Day film

The film involves celebrities and sculptures to raise awareness of mental health issues ahead of World Mental Health day later this week.

Joe Lepper | 8th Oct 19

Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack are among celebrities starring in a film to support charity promotional activity ahead of World Mental Health Day (10 October).

The film is released later today and is based around the Talk to Me sculptures in Kings Cross, London, which support the charity campaign group Time To Change and its mission to raise awareness of mental health problems.

The aim of the film is to provoke nationwide conversations about mental health and wellbeing and encourage people to talk to each other.

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As well as being promoted online it is also being shown in a number of cinemas UK wide.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said: “We know that being open about mental health, and ready to talk and to listen, can change lives. We’re thrilled to be a part of Talk to Me, which will act as an unmissable reminder of the power of hearing and being heard. You don’t have to be an expert to talk – just being human, empathetic and caring is enough.

The sculptures have been designed by Steuart Padwick. Meanwhile, the film has been directed by Dan Henshaw, sponsored by Soho House and Kings Cross and produced by Citizen Films.

The Mind and Rehink Mental Illness run Time to Change campaign is funded by the Department for Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the National Lottery.


Celebrity backing

Those featuring in the film also include Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tom Goodman-Hill and Ada Kammerling.

“Many of us carry issues and burdens that hold us down and hold us back,” said Padwick.

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“For some, these are crippling, and for others they even lead to taking their own lives. These burdens can start so young and appear insurmountable, unresolvable. But so often, communication is the key to unlocking the journey forward.”

Henshaw added: “It was an honour to work on Talk To Me with Steuart Padwick, which combines such a powerful message with beautiful, striking immersive pieces of art. By featuring Christopher Eccleston, Niamh Cusack, Tom Goodman-Hill and others it will help us reach a wider audience, and the film will resonate with as many people as possible as it deals with issues that affect so many of us.”

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