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ITV and STV’s groundbreaking mental health initiative, Britain Get Talking, returns to our screens with a festive, star-studded Christmas advert reminding us of the importance of listening to loved ones this Christmas. Following a challenging year as the Coronavirus crisis continues, the broadcaster has once again partnered with YoungMinds, Mind and SAMH in this next iteration of Britain Get Talking. 

The film gives a tongue-in-cheek look at a day in the life of a make-up artist at ITV, following her day as a host of famous faces grace her make-up chair and vent hilariously about the trials and tribulations of the past couple of years - the celebrities also tap into the mood of the nation, all hoping for a proper Christmas this time around. After a long day of listening to how others are doing, our make-up artist is finally asked about her day, reminding audiences of the importance of checking in with one another and ensuring we all feel heard. 

Celebrities including Joel Dommett, Emily Atack, Lorraine Kelly, Gino D’Acampo, Phillip Schofield, Charlene White, Helen Worth, Scarlett Moffatt, Fleur East, Kevin Mathurin, Emile John and Toby Aromolaran deliver humorous, satirical moans about everything from Zoom fatigue to panic buying petrol. Joel Dommett complains “what’s the point in abs if you can’t show them off” in response to the on and off again nature of holidays abroad this summer, while Gino D’Acampo vents about the trials of home-schooling - “ask me to do a souffle, I’ll do a souffle. Long division? No.” 

Christmas can be a hard time of year for many of us. Money worries, feeling isolated and missing loved ones we’ve lost can all contribute to difficult feelings over the festive period. We’re thrilled to be a part of this campaign, which encourages us all to take the time to check in with our loved ones this Christmas. Listening without judging is one of the most important things we can do to start open and supportive conversations about mental health. Paul Farmer, Chief Executive at Mind

After a comical stream of celebrities ranting, Maya Jama offers our make-up artist a friendly ear after her busy day. The film ends with the message “After the last couple of years, we all need an ear. Give yours this Christmas.”

Listening has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and is particularly important in helping others to open up about their problems. A recent survey conducted by ITV revealed 45% struggle to open up about their problems because they’re worried they’ll be judged. Over 1 in 10 young people don’t open up about their problems at Christmas because they’re worried they won’t be listened to. 

The campaign and initiative, developed by Uncommon Creative Studio, reminds viewers to lend an ear as they catch up with their friends and family this Christmas. The 2 minute 30’ film, shot by Motherland Emmy nominated and Bafta winning director Simon Hynd, premiered after ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’ at 10pm on ITV and STV on Wednesday 1st December with a special introduction from Britain Get Talking supporters Ant and Dec. 

When we’re all so busy at Christmas, it can be easy to forget what’s really important: checking in with the ones you love and truly listening to how they’re doing. We’re delighted to make a Christmas campaign with a difference, reminding people to give the generous gift of listening this Christmas. After the last couple of years, we could all use an ear. Susie Braun, Director of Social Purpose, ITV

The campaign website, itv.com/BritainGetTalking hosts tips on listening, alongside information on sources of support for viewers who can’t rely on the listening skills of family and friends. Britain Get Talking originally launched in October 2019 as part of ITV’s wider Better Health commitment to encouraging 10 million people to take action to look after their mental or physical health. Since it launched, Britain Get Talking has encouraged the UK public to take over 56 million actions to support their mental wellbeing. 

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5. Maya Jama
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