Top music, film, theatre and TV stars are sharing #1in4 selfies as part of the BBC’s Minds Matter mental health season. The selfies show celebs including Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Kristen Bell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Russell Brand and many more holding up four fingers with the hashtag #1in4, to help break down the stigma around mental illness and show solidarity with the 1 in 4 of us affected by mental health issues.
The campaign forms part of the Minds Matter season, which is made up of a range of programmes across television and radio, including Mind Over Marathon, which is on BBC One at 9pm tonight.
The celebrities are sharing words of solidarity, many from personal experience, with the hope of encouraging their fans and followers to do the same.
BBC Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw, and others taking part, are also sharing short videos in which they share their own stories, and encourage anyone with concerns about mental health to speak out and seek help.
Nick Grimshaw said: “Anxiety and depression are more prevalent than you think. I wanted to get involved with the #1in4 campaign to help people realise they’re not alone. Having mental health issues is nothing to be ashamed about.”
The #1in4 campaign is part of the Minds Matter season which is made up of a range of programmes across television and radio, including Mind Over Marathon and The Truth About Stress on BBC One, Horizon: No Such Thing As Schizophrenia on BBC Two and Being Black, Going Crazy on BBC Three. More details about the season can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04t6bc1
Alison Kirkham, Controller, Factual Commissioning, says: “I’m delighted that so many high profile people have come together to raise awareness of this important cause. One in four of us experience mental health problems in any given year and both this campaign and our season of programming across the BBC are aimed at exploring what we can all do to look after ourselves, support each other and ultimately, inspire us all to think differently about mental health.”