ITV launches new Britain Get Talking campaign to support young people through exam stress

ITV launches new Britain Get Talking campaign to support young people through exam stress

Britain Get Talking Returns

ITV and STV’s landmark mental health campaign, Britain Get Talking, returns to help young people cope with the stress that comes from an impending, often high pressure exam season. According to a YouGov survey of UK adults, over two thirds (72%) of UK parents with children aged 14–18 say that exam stress is causing their children concern at the moment.

The multi-platform campaign titled ‘No Silence Please’ is created by Uncommon Creative Studio and supported by Mind, YoungMinds and SAMH, launches this Mental Health Awareness week and will feature across press, radio, social, TV and out of home.

A proper chat

The campaign encourages conversations between children and their parents and carers by reinforcing the power of a proper chat to help make young people’s worries more manageable.

The creative draws on instantly-recognisable exam cues — a science exam paper, an audio tape from a language exam, a poster on the exam door — to reinforce that heart-pounding fear that exams can evoke.

In press, we see relatable exam paper layouts create the copy and visuals for the artwork — including a drawing of a student’s heart during an exam with copy reflecting how a student might feel during an exam from ‘palpitations’ to ‘racing’.

The campaign includes a series of powerful radio edits that mimic a language exam — the voice over verbally describes how a student may feel from a churning in their stomach to a shaking in their hands or the little voice inside their heads that mutters ‘Du bist ein idiot’. The radio then goes on to remind student they’ve got this and a proper chat can ease exam stress. There is a French, German and Spanish execution.

The campaign also includes an ITV promo, in which we see a ‘No Silence Please: Exams in Progress’ poster being put up on an exam hall door, flipping a familiar message on its head to remind audiences that this exam season children, parents and carers should be anything but silent when it comes to talking about how they are feeling.

Audiences are being signposted to the campaign website for further support on how to facilitate those conversations.

ITV launches new Britain Get Talking campaign to support young people through exam stress

Tom Madders, Director of Communications and Campaigns at YoungMinds, said: “More young people than ever are struggling with their mental health. The pressure to catch-up on lost learning time because of the pandemic is just one of the challenges young people are facing and with exam time upon us, many students will be experiencing overwhelming stress. Conversations can help young people feel reassured and we hope this campaign will encourage more people to get talking.”

This is the second year that ITV will be shining a light on the mental health crisis faced by young people specifically, and encouraging parents and carers to keep taking the time to break through. According to YoungMinds, one in six children aged five to sixteen were identified as having a probable mental health problem in 2021; that’s five children in every classroom and a huge increase from one in nine in 2017.

Britain Get Talking originally launched in October 2019 and forms part of ITV’s wider social purpose goal to encourage the nation to look after their mental and physical health. In 2022, 7 million people connected with others as a result of the initiative, which remains the UK’s most well-known mental health campaign.


Project title: Britain Get Talking ‘No Silence Please’
Client: ITV
Creative Studio: Uncommon
Media company: Essence
Production company of promo: Agent At Large
Director of promo: Rudá Santos
Producer of promo: Andy Gordon
Colourist: Luke Morrison at ETC
Post production of promo: Daydreamer VFX
Sound studio of promo: SoundTree
Engineer of promo: Henning Knoepfel

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