Celebrities lose their voice on social media

The nature of depression can discourage people from talking about their illness, cutting them off from help. Yet research shows 69% of helpline callers foundthat talking to someone enabled them to cope better and feel supported, less anxious, and more in control. SANE is encouraging more people to get in touch. The campaign features a film showing a man being silenced by an unidentified intruder who covers his mouth as he struggles to answer the phone. The intruder is a metaphor for the man’s depression, who wants to stop him…

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Stars get on board to protect the strange things and fantastic beasts of the Antarctic Ocean

‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ star Alison Sudol are on board a Greenpeace ship heading for Antarctic waters. They will help make the case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary backed by campaigners, scientists, over 40 international celebrities and 800,000 people around the world. Following a Twitter challenge, resulting in more than 200,000 retweets in five hours, David Harbour secured a place on the Greenpeace ship alongside singer-songwriter and actress Alison Sudol. They have joined an expedition to gather scientific evidence of the need for an Antarctic Ocean…

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Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Vivienne Westwood write open letters to demand end to human rights abuses in Amnesty Campaign

UK celebrities have joined more than one million people from around the world who have written letters calling on governments and authorities to end the detention or persecution of individuals, as part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. Amnesty’s annual campaign runs throughout November and December and encourages people to write messages in solidarity with a number of individuals whose basic human rights are being attacked. People being supported include those held unfairly in UK immigration detention, an Egyptian lawyer who is being persecuted by the authorities for defending…

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Stephen Fry calls on public to share poignant dementia film this Christmas

Actor, broadcaster and activist Stephen Fry is calling on the public to back dementia research again this Christmas after Alzheimer’s Research UK re-launches its award-winning Santa Forgot animation. Fry, who provided the voiceover for the original film, has penned a blog for the charity giving his backing to the campaign and describing his hope that future generations “will only be reading about Alzheimer’s and not experiencing it”. In a year where dementia has become the UK’s leading cause of death for the first time, he calls on the public to…

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