Talking about mental health

We need to discuss mental health issues in school

We need to keep people in schools by ensuring that mental health issues are discussed, not hidden away

“So, two A’s for English I see. Well, I hardly think you deserve them given your lack of attendance to my class.” That is what my English teacher said to me on GSCE results day. It all seems so long ago now but I will never forget how my teacher decided to shame me rather than praise me for my success.

Confronting stigma stripped it of its power

Rose Bretecher blogs for Time to Change about OCDMental illness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

My mother has bipolar disorder and I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, and since I was a tiny child I’ve felt the stigma weighing on our family. For fear of using clumsy language, people never really knew how to ask about our wellbeing, and the resulting isolation was palpable.

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