A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown there has been an 11.5% reduction in average levels of discrimination. The study of England’s Time to Change anti-stigma programme (run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) provides the first evidence that it is possible to change the way the public treat people with mental health problems, but that a long term focus is needed to ensure that discrimination is removed from all areas of people’s lives.
Nuneaton school has won a competition encouraging peers to stamp out the stigma faced by young people with a mental health problem in the West Midlands. The competition is part of a campaign run by Time to Change – England’s leading mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
A comedy extravaganza, African and Caribbean church partnerships in Leeds, a pop-up kitchen table set at Manchester Pride, and a portable tree that will tour over 35 country shows are just some of the ways that local communities will be tackling mental health stigma and discrimination.
Time to Change celebrates as the Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill gets Royal Assent, putting an end to archaic laws that discriminate against people with mental health problems.
The Bill will remove the last significant discrimination in law from our society that interferes with the rights of people with mental health problems from participating in jury service and becoming or remaining a company director.