The return of Britain Get Talking sees 3 million people take action

ITV today reveals how three million people have taken action since the return of its landmark mental wellness campaign Britain Get Talking. 

The initiative, which launched off the back of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway to 9.5 million viewers, urged the public to share messages of love and support at a time when we need it most. 

Introduced by Ant and Dec themselves, and supported by heartfelt messages from famous faces including Davina McCall, Susanna Reid, Lisa Riley and Gordon Ramsay, results today reveal how 43% of people who saw it made a phone, video call or sent a text message to a loved one as a result of Saturday’s broadcast. 

Additionally ITV was awarded Silver the Mind Workplace Wellbeing index, and in February ITV announced their contribution to a £3m fund for the Film and TV charity's taskforce on mental health, including a 24/7 support line. 

ITV Social Purpose Report

The results coincide with the release of ITV’s Social Purpose Impact Report for 2019, which reveals how ITV’s Social Purpose initiatives persuaded 4.1 million people to take action. This figure far exceeded ITV’s 2019 goal of 2 million people taking action to look after their health through proactively looking after their mental wellness, eating better and moving more.

ITV’s better health ambitions have been generated through two award winning campaigns – Britain Get Talking, the beginning of a five year project encouraging people to take action to look after their mental health, and Eat Them To Defeat Them, a partnership between ITV and Veg Power to persuade children to eat more healthily by eating more vegetables.

I wholeheartedly support ITV’s Britain Get Talking campaign. Opening up and talking may seem like the smallest of things but it can mean so much to others and that’s why it’s so important that ITV are championing this message. Mental health affects so many, and it is so easy to struggle in silence, but Britain Get Talking is one of the many ways we can tackle this. Ruth Davidson, SMP and Chair of ITV’s Mental Health Advisory Group
The Eat Them to Defeat Them campaign has driven real behaviour change, and is loved by children and adults alike. We've proven that the power of creative advertising can inspire children to eat more veg and reduce their chances of developing diet-related illness, so it's crucial that we build on this success: industry, business and Government must forge ahead and promote veg in more dynamic and creative ways. Dame Rosie Boycott, chair of Veg Power



Britain Get Talking - March 2020

  • 42% of the UK public had seen or heard about the launch by Ant and Dec

  • 43% of those who saw or heard about it got in touch with friends and family - that’s over 3 million people 

Britain Get Talking 2019

  • 2.8 million people said they had started a conversation, or had a more meaningful conversation, with their children, family and friends as a result of seeing the initiative

  • 4.5 million people said they would prioritise talking and listening having seen the campaign

Eat Them To Defeat Them 2019

  • 650,000 children said they had eaten more vegetables as a result of the campaign

  • 17.7 million extra units of vegetables were sold - an uplift in sales of 2.3%

Daily Mile 2019

  • 2,400 additional schools signed up for the initiative, equating to 656,000 school children

  • Since ITV began supporting the Daily Mile in 2018, over 5,000 additional schools have signed up, which marks a 386% increase

The platforms ITV have at our disposal provide us with a fantastic opportunity to use our creativity, scale and influence to create and inspire change for the better, and the results we have outlined over the last few days with Britain Get Talking, and also in our Social Purpose Report, demonstrate how we are well on our way towards achieving that. Clare Phillips, ITV Director of Social Purpose

Albert Certification

As well as encouraging better health, ITV has also committed to ambitious environmental targets.  Today ITV announced it aims to be the first UK broadcaster to ensure all its shows reduce their carbon footprint.

The unique commitment means that every programme produced by ITV Studios, will have to demonstrate it has taken measures to reduce its environmental impact to meet Albert Certification standards. ITV Regional News has become the first UK newsroom to achieve albert certification, making it Britain’s first sustainable regional news team. 

Additionally, every programme commissioned from independent production companies for broadcast on air on ITV’s family of channels will also be encouraged to meet those same standards.

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