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The moment you open up for the first time

We all know what it’s like to have a tough day, week or month. Some of us will know what it’s like to experience depression, anxiety or bereavement. Sharing just how it feels to open up for the first time about having a shit time, here are four of CALM’s favourite films released by our partner Heads Together, featuring some familiar faces…

“You need to have the ability to be able to get your feelings out. It doesn’t just help you, it helps all the people close.” – Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United and England legend Rio Ferdinand lost his wife to breast cancer in 2015. In his brave and touching BBC documentary Being Mum And Dad, he explored his grieving process. But in this short film Rio opens up to his business partner, agent and close friend Jamie Moralee about how they first talked about grief.

“It just comes from being vocal that one time. It’s definitely made me a happier person” – Professor Green

Comparing notes of growing up in working class families – in the north of England and on a council estate in Hackney – former England Cricket captain Freddie Flintoff and CALM patron Stephen Manderson (aka Professor Green) share their own experiences of anxiety, depression, and the benefits of getting it all off your chest.

“The thing I always do now, I always say to you when I feel the depression coming on, even if it’s only mild, and it used to be I would just go into lockdown” – Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell is best known as a globe-trotting political aide and author. But here, he and his wife Fiona share stories of dealing with his depression and his feelings of violence and worry.

“I thought that it was going to be one of the most difficult things that I would ever do but actually it was just a conversation between two friends and that was what changed everything” – Dan

Dan and Rich work together as a team on an ambulance in Blackpool. They literally save lives for a job. But this film shows just how much difference opening up to a mate – or a colleague – can make when things get tough.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, CALM’s helpline and webchat are open daily, 5pm – midnight.

Heads Together will be releasing more films championing conversations in the run up to the London Marathon, so keep your eyes peeled.

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