June 18, 2012

Sue Baker, Time to Change DirectorWe’ve seen it many times, when one person stands up to speak about their mental health problems, in order to do their bit to challenge the stigma and discrimination that still plagues us, then others will follow.

Yesterday we witnessed this in a new arena; in the House of Commons during the mental health debate. This debate, in one of our most ancient forums, then sparked a wider discussion in one of the more modern forums, with #mentalhealthdebate trending on Twitter.

Charles Walker MP (describing himself as a “practising fruitcake”), ex-Defence Minister Kevan Jones MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (a former GP) and Andrea Leadsom MP all openly disclosed their experiences of mental health problems covering the spectrum of OCD, severe depression, and post-natal depression.

This was one of those rarer moments when all political parties come together to address an issue of common concern...

Read the full article on the Guardian's Comment is Free >>

Sue Baker is Director of Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma programme, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.


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