In response to last night's Eurovision Song Contest in which inappropriate comments about mental health were made, Kate Nightingale, Head of Communications at Time to Change, says:
"It's disappointing that mental health problems, which affect one in four of us in serious and sometimes devastating ways, are being used as part of a Eurovision gimmick.
Trivialising mental health problems and reinforcing outdated stereotypes of people in straitjackets has harmful consequences, making it harder for people to reach out for help and support.
The Eurovision song contest is watched by many and it would be great to see it used as a platform for raising mental health awareness, not fuelling stigma."
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