Many who suffer from depression describe feeling like they're drowning, desperately trying to keep their heads above water. In "Sink or Swim," a poetic new short film, Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward embodies that struggle in a haunting underwater ballet.

Directed by filmmaker Louis-Jack, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, and supported in part by the mental health charity Mind, the video "hopes to raise awareness and understanding of depression in a compelling new way," according to its description.

It's a powerful message, made even more powerful by Hayward's beautiful artistry:

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