On Monday (20 January) the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be making a significant public announcement* addressing the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. On the same day, the anti-stigma programme Time to Change releases the results of its biggest ever survey of people’s experiences of stigma, to launch its latest advertising campaign.
The research, which is funded by the Department of Health and conducted by TNS, brings together nearly two decades worth of data (1994 to 2012) looking into the adult population’s (16+) perceptions of people who experience mental health problems.
Today, results published by Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme, has shown that the attitudes and behaviour of young people relating to mental health problems can be shifted, and discrimination can be reduced. Evaluation of a pilot project aimed at 14 to 18 year olds in the West Midlands shows positive shifts in attitudes of young people, parents and guardians and youth professionals.
As we reach Halloween Mind and Time to Change are encouraged that leading supermarkets Asda and Tesco have committed to improving mental health awareness following their withdrawal of Halloween themed costumes last month.
Representatives from Mind and Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, met with the retailers to discuss the potential to work together to combat mental health stigma and avoid a repeat of recent events.