June 18, 2012

Sue Baker, Time to Change directorIt was little more than a week ago when I was listening to Canadian Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, make a remarkable disclosure of her own experiences of post-natal depression. For years she had thought about whether to openly disclose this experience, but decided to so during her speech to the largest ever international conference on mental heath stigma and discrimination, in Ottawa last week.

It was heartfelt and incredibly moving to hear her speak so openly and honestly. There was no mistaking the other internal battle she had experienced; whether disclosure as a serving Minister was a professional risk worth taking. This is the terrible burden that those of us with mental health problems face; the weight of stigma and discrimination and the potential consequences of disclosure.

I sat and listened with a growing sense of hope that perhaps we are starting to see more people in positions of influence, particularly parliamentarians, speak out and challenge the negative stereotypes that people still believe in...

Read the full article on politics.co.uk >>


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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