The Time to change campaign is so so important as many people suffering from mental health problems feel the stigma and discrimination attached to having a mental illness is harder to cope with than the illness itself.
The first form of mental health related stigma I experienced was from my own parents.
When I was first diagnosed with depression, my parents encouraged me to keep it a secret and made it clear they did not want other friends or family members to find out. This made me feel alone and ashamed of how I felt.
My name is Andrew and I’m a very proud dad who looks after my son and daughter, who have both been diagnosed with a mental health problem. I was really interested to see the results from the recent survey by Time to Change that found that ‘dads were the last person we talk to about a mental health problem.'