Craig David, Laura Mvula, Nicola Roberts and more urge people to “reach out” in new NHS mental health campaign

Craig David, Girls Aloud‘s Nicola Roberts, Laura Mvula and more musicians feature in a video for a new NHS mental health campaign that features words from The Beatles‘ ‘Help!’.

The campaign encourages those who are struggling with their mental wellbeing to seek support as the NHS boosts its community mental health services by £2.3 billion a year, which will improve access to talking therapies.

In the video, stars also including The Wanted’s Max George, and Ella Henderson, recite the lyrics to The Beatles’ 1964 single to raise awareness of the campaign that’s supported by Mind, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Age UK.

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Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts said: “I’m someone that has benefited hugely from talking therapy.

“I think there is such a taboo around it that people almost feel like they’ve failed or they weren’t strong enough to figure out a situation by themselves. But if you’re feeling like you can’t see the wood for the trees or light at the end of the tunnel, it’s imperative to reach out because you can’t always do it alone.”

The singer, who also performs as a solo artist, added: “It’s about saying this is what is happening to me, it’s not my fault, but my happiness matters and I’m going to put my hand up and say I need some help. I wouldn’t be where I am now without therapy.”

Laura Mvula onstage during the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize 2021 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on September 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/Getty Images)
Laura Mvula onstage during the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize 2021 at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on September 09, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/Getty Images)

Mvula said: “Through my own personal experience of when I had therapy on the NHS, it did so much for my emotional wellbeing just to know that someone was truly caring for me on a regular basis.

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“It helped me see that things are temporary and however bad and permanent your situation feels, reaching out and sharing with someone you can trust is so important. It’s okay to ask for help – everybody needs it.”

The NHS talking therapies are confidential services run by trained experts and can be accessed by self-referral or through a GP. More than 2million people have signed up for talking therapies since the start of the COVID pandemic.

NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch said: “The pandemic has taken a toll on the nation’s mental health, and we know January can be a particularly tough month for many.

“Over a million people already use NHS talking therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and that is exactly what this campaign is all about.

“If you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or are feeling low, it’s important you know you are not alone and that it is OK to get help. No-one should suffer in silence.

“NHS staff have pulled out all the stops throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music back our campaign and encourage people to get the support they need.”

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Sinéad O’Connor admitted to hospital following her 17-year-old son’s death

Sinéad O’Connor has been admitted to hospital following the death of her 17-year-old son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor.

The singer’s son passed away last Friday (January 7) after going missing earlier in the week.

According to CNN, she told fans last night (January 13) that she was heading to hospital to receive help following a series of now-deleted posts on an unverified Twitter account linked to her official account.

“I’ve decided to follow my son. There is no point living without him. Everything I touch, I ruin. I only stayed for him. And now he’s gone,” she reportedly wrote.

O’Connor allegedly went on to say she felt “lost,” and blamed herself for her teenage son’s death.

Later, the singer apparently apologised and reassured fans that she was seeking medical attention.

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“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that. I am with cops now on way to hospital. I’m sorry I upset everyone,” she reportedly posted, adding: “I am lost without my kid and I hate myself. Hospital will help a while. But I’m going to find Shane. This is just a delay.”

Her 17-year-old son went missing from Newbridge, County Kildare, and was last seen in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area.

Police confirmed the news of the teenager’s death last Saturday (January 8). “Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday 7 January 2022, a missing person appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down,” a spokesperson told the Irish Mirror.

Following the news of his death, his mother wrote: “26 hours after my son died in the so called care of the Irish State in the form of Tusla, I have yet to receive any contact from Tusla or their representatives. I was informed by Gardai of my son’s death and later I spoke with the GAL. No contact from Tusla is unacceptable.”

Earlier this week (January 10), Sinead apologised for the accusations against Tulsa. “The issue is, we are a third world country. We have 12 beds in special care for suicidal teenagers. And no resources to save those who can’t manage life. 128 icu beds in the whole Country,” she wrote on Twitter. “Tusla did their best. We all did: and I am deeply sorry to have blamed anyone.”

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Watch Stromae perform his candid new single ‘L’enfer’

Stromae has shared his new single ‘L’enfer’, which explores his own struggles with his mental health – you can watch the Belgian artist perform the track on French TV below.

The singer/songwriter (real name Paul Van Haver) has released the second preview of his forthcoming album ‘Multitude’, which is set for release on March 4 via Island Records, with the new track.

Stromae debuted ‘L’enfer’ during an appearance on the French TV channel TF1 over the weekend, which you can see below.

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The track sees Stromae candidly sing: “Sometimes I’ve had suicidal thoughts and I’m not proud of it / Sometimes you feel it’d be the only way to silence them.

All these thoughts putting me through hell.”

The official video for Stromae’s ‘L’enfer’ is set to arrive this evening.

‘Multitude’ will feature Stromae’s comeback single ‘Santé’, which arrived back in October. The album is the artist’s first full-length LP since 2013’s ‘Racine Carrée’.

During Stromae’s eight-year hiatus from his own music, he worked on music videos for the likes of Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.

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Sinéad O’Connor pays tribute to 17-year-old son following his death

Sinéad O’Connor has paid tribute to her 17-year-old son Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor following his death on Friday (January 7).

Writing on social media, Sinéad said: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”

Shane had gone missing earlier in the week with the Gardaí launching an appeal for his whereabouts. The 17-year-old went missing from Newbridge, County Kildare, and was last seen on Friday morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area. In the appeal, which was reissued on Friday, officers said they were concerned for his welfare.

During the search, Sinéad used social media to try and get in contact with her son. “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing,” she wrote on Thursday (January 6). “My world would collapse without you. You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.”

She also questioned how the hospital Shane was receiving treatment at, had allowed her son to go missing after he was supposed to be watched 24 hours a day following two previous suicide attempts.

“Like, how has a seventeen year old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing?,” she wrote. “Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility. Anything happens to my son on their watch? Lawsuits.”

Police confirmed the news of the teenager’s death on Saturday (January 8). “Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday 7 January 2022, a missing person appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down,” a spokesperson told the Irish Mirror.

Following the news of his death, Sinéad wrote: “26 hours after my son died in the so called care of the Irish State in the form of Tusla, I have yet to receive any contact from Tusla or their representatives. I was informed by Gardai of my son’s death and later I spoke with the GAL. No contact from Tusla is unacceptable.”

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‘Avicii Invector: Encore Edition’ offers VR rhythm action later this month

Avicii Invector: Encore Edition, a new virtual reality rhythm action game, has been announced in memory of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii.

The game will be released for the Meta Quest 2, previously known as the Oculus Quest 2, on January 27. It features 35 chart topping tracks such as ‘Peace of Mind’, ‘Freak’, and ‘SOS’. It’s a virtual reality take on Avicii Invector which was previously released for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

Players navigate a bright and vibrant world, hitting notes at just the right moment to earn better high scores. So that the game feels more thrilling, players control a spaceship as it flies through each song’s in-game track. Each stage has been built to “perfectly match” the on-screen visuals. Because of that, players can feel part of the action steadily unfolding throughout the experience.

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The game was originally created in collaboration with the late DJ. Following his death by suicide in 2018, Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, has continued his legacy. Most recently, Bergling called for more mental health support for up-and-coming artists.

Avicii Invector: Encore Edition offers both single player and multiplayer modes with the 35 tracks spread across seven worlds to explore. The hope for multiplayer is that it helps to “recreate the party feeling of an Avicii concert”.

All music royalties from each copy of the game sold will go to the Tim Bergling Foundation. The foundation advocates for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency. It actively works to remove the stigma attached to suicide and mental health issues.

The game is out on January 27.

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