SANE, a leading mental health charity, has launched a national advertising campaign to encourage people struggling with depression to find their voice and call for help

SANE’s recently launched campaign #LetMeTalk has already seen celebrities including Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax participate in a mass ‘day of silence’ on Twitter.

In addition to the support from influencers and mental health campaigners, the #LetMeTalk campaign includes a powerful film showing a man being silenced by an unidentified intruder who covers his mouth as he struggles to answer the phone. The film ends with the line: “Your depression doesn’t want you to talk. But we do”.

James Arthur, a SANE Ambassador, said: “People with depression tend to stay quiet about their condition. They shy away from sharing their struggles with colleagues, loved ones and friends yet it’s a proven fact that talking about your depression is often the way to defeat it”.

Marjorie Wallace, Founder and Chief Executive, says: “You don’t have to struggle with depression; there are medical and psychological therapies which are effective and can transform a person’s life. Many of the people who contact us are reaching out for the first time and no longer feel afraid and alone.”

SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness. It works to raise public awareness, fund research and bring more effective treatment and compassionate care to everyone affected by mental illness. It operates the only national out-of-hours specialist mental health helpline in the UK, completely funded by voluntary donations. Mental health helplines play a crucial role in helping meet the demand for people seeking advice or support for mental health problems.

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