Mental health professionals: stories

We asked some mental health professionals and people who use services to share stories and case studies of why this work is important, how they have been involved, and what they hope to be an outcome of this work. 

Philippa Capel is a Psychologist at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and a Facilitator at sessions with other mental health professionals.

“I think the most important conversation I’ve had was over a cup of tea, discussing how people feel stigmatised.  I recognised that it’s not just an organisational challenge - it’s also a personal challenge to acknowledge our own discrimination and thoughts, and how we subtly interact differently with different people.” Read more. 

Stephanie de la Hayes is Executive Chair and Founder at Survivors of Depression in Transition and Expert by Experience on the working group for this project.

“Being treated as a person - a human being, not just a case file – is fundamental to this relationship.” Read more

Neil Springham is a Consultant Art Therapist, and Marie France has used mental health services. They both took part in a workshop for this project.

“Good clinicians should have some self-doubt on the go all the time.” - Neil Springham. Read more

Dan Beale-Cocks is an Expert by Experience in Gloucestershire, working to improve mental health services, and is on the working group for this project.

“When I heard that Time to Change were thinking of running a project to tackle stigma from mental health professionals, I knew I wanted to get involved. I knew that Time to Change would not focus on the negatives, but would try to emphasise the small things we can do to make a difference.” Read more

Lisa Rodrigues CBE is a Writer and Mental Health Campaigner, former nurse and Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Chair of the Working Group for this project. She has written a blog on her personal site about the work we have been doing.

"From the early work with our pilots, we know that staff value time out in a safe place to talk about attitudes and values, and to discuss why sometimes they fall short of providing care to a standard they aspire." Read more. 

Muj Husain is a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and has advised and help shape this project.

"I’ve always found that it’s the small things that make the biggest differences. Telling people my first name and asking what they prefer to be called; Checking if people have had anything to eat; Offering to make a cup of tea." Read more. 

Cheryl Woodall is a nurse at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, in forensic settings with young people. She also has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Cheryl took part in our training film.

“I want to highlight that any one of us can suffer from mental health issues and that we all have a very individual journey. It's OK to be that individual - we all experience emotions and 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems.” Read more. 

Amy works as a psychiatrist and has given advice and thoughts on the approach of this project.

"I know what a difference some of the small things I do make to the person I’m working with. For example I always introduce myself by my first name, and not by my title." Read more

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