Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, England's biggest anti-stigma campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, responds to the news that Asda are to make a contribution to the programme following the withdrawal of their 'mental health patient' fancy dress costume. She says:
“It’s a welcome move that Asda has reacted promptly by apologising and offering the contribution to Time to Change, and we hope that Tesco and other retailers and manufacturers follow suit.
A report published by the mental health anti-stigma programme, Time to Change, has revealed that mental health is still a topic off limits around the dinner table as nearly one in five parents feel awkward discussing it with their child as they don’t want to scare them – despite it affecting one in four of us in any given year and one in ten children.
Singer and songwriter Billie Myers, best known for her rock anthem Kiss the Rain is supporting Time to Change, England's mental health anti-stigma programme run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, with its latest campaign and work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities..
Billie tweeted a picture of herself wearing a 'Time to Talk' tattoo, designed by contemporary British artist Stuart Semple, in a bid to get people talking about their own personal experiences of mental health problems and break the taboo that still sadly surrounds the subject.