Comic relief talks Mental Health

After hunting for a clip of this campaign, this is the best copy I can find!

The comments on this video show just how powerful this stuff is.

“You know why it is called cracking up, you feel like you are cracking into millions of bits.”

Fantastic work by Comic Relief.

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2 thoughts on “Comic relief talks Mental Health

  1. This is a nice film. It’s great to see very strong articulate brave people talking about their experiences so publicly.
    I missed it on comic relief because it was on very very late at night sadly and because I’d switched off disgusted by their objectifying and intrusive films from Africa (which I know brought in lots of money but the cost of the dignity and agency of people from the South).
    It’s also the kind of media that organisations like Mental Health Media have been working for and making (or at least used to make) for a long time. Don’t know if they have any clips out there that you might like to look at or post. Can find some maybe.
    It’s good campaign stuff but what kind of media might or does help us think about our mental health.. or deal with our fear and discrimination in regard to mental illness.
    (I know of one interesting simulation/game type thing about having a psychotic experience while on the tube.. which I’ll try and find and send the link.) But now I’m trying to think of stuff (features, adverts, songs, films, jokes..?) that help me understand mental wellbeing…and how to maintain it..

    By the way, I don’t think just because someone is famous they should feel obliged to parade their own issues, it can help others but it might not help them and it feeds our already prurient (is that the right word)media.. But having said that Stephen Fry made a series of documentaries about manic depression in which he was very candid about his own health.

  2. Thanks for this link. I have embedded the video into my blog post as part of a project called ‘learning point of the day.’

    My heart aches for some of the contributors and I am awestruck by the courage it must have taken them to contribute. Just a pity we don’t see the likes of British A-listers Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson, who are both said to have (or to have had) mental illness issues, lending their weight to the matter.