"When I was a teenager, I spent time in a child psychiatric unit and when I came out, the kids near where I lived found out. Over the next few years, every time I left the house I would be attacked and have abuse shouted at me. As a result, I started to go out less and less. This led to over a decade of having no social life. "
Time to Change supporter
"People's lack of understanding and unfounded fears can be just as destructive as the mental health problem itself."
A recent survey reveals that only 1 in 100 people would talk to their dad first about a mental health problem, showing that family members are still often the last people we confide in.
The survey, conducted by England’s leading mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, shows that people often prefer to discuss a mental health problem with a GP (26%) or partner (37%) first, before going directly to a close family member, such as a par
Following the launch of a new Time to Change anti-stigma campaign in Harrow in June, there is a hive of activity going on over the next few weeks encouraging people to be open and honest about mental health.
The Time to Change pilot programme to tackle mental health discrimination in Harrow’s South Asian community, follows a new report called Family Matters. The report reveals that stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health within these communities can result in reduced marriage prospects and social exclusion. However, it also suggests that close family, community ties
Time to Change, Mind in Croydon
and Hear Us are bringing books to life on Wednesday 15 June in Croydon
At the Living Library event,
rather than books readers can come to the library and borrow a person for a twenty
minute chat. The human ‘books’ on offer are people who have experience of
mental health problems. People are encouraged to choose from a list of titles
and can then borrow a person for a conversation about the topic they represent.