The Mac Twins
From personal experience, we've learnt to be open about mental health. It's not easy at first, but the moment you do, you feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Mental health is something we all have and it's so important to talk about it, especially if we need some help with it every now and then. It's still such a taboo subject and that's why we're pledging to support Time to Change.
I want to encourage people to talk about mental health so that we can remove this shame and secrecy around it. The more open we' re all about it, the more people out there will be able to seek the help and support they need. I waited too long to speak to someone and want to make sure that others don't have the same experience. We should all pledge our support to end mental health discrimination.
I’m pledging to support campaigns such as 'Time to Change' to continue their work towards removing the stigma surrounding mental illness. In order that sufferers can receive help, support and treatment they must feel that mental illness can be discussed openly and without shame and fear of discrimination.
I am pledging to support the Time to Change campaign because stigma and discrimination can wreck lives, yet everyone can change their attitudes. I know from personal experience that you don’t need to be an expert to make a difference to a friend, family member or colleague with a mental health problem when they need your support.
Whether it’s speaking to a close friend, family member or going to your GP, talking can make a huge difference. Mental health is still such a taboo subject yet it doesn’t have to be. We can all do our part to bring this thing out into the open. It’s time to talk. It’s time to change.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It’s something we all need to be aware of. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference, just be there and listen. I support Time to Change which helps to end stigma that people with a mental health problem face everyday.
I pledge to help end mental health prejudice, because people with mental health problems need love, understanding and support - not to be told to 'pull yourself together.' It's our outdated attitudes that need to snap out of it - any one of us could be affected, so we should all learn more and talk more about mental health.
I would like to pledge my support for ending prejudice and the stigma attached to people with mental health problems. I have met and been friends with many people over the years who, through some trauma in their lives, have never fully recovered and find it difficult to cope. I honestly believe having mental health issues is often misunderstood, that's why I try not to desert these people.
Stigma hurts. This is why I'm pledging to end mental health discrimination and I want to encourage more people to join me. Hopefully one day we can live in a world where people are not judged or misunderstood by an illness, especially one that affects one in four of us. Come on, let's get pledging!
Dr Radha Modgil
Mental health should be an everyday, ordinary subject - the same as any other physical health condition. By talking we can start changing the way people perceive mental health and remove the silence around one of the last taboos. I pledge to keep talking and challenge attitudes around this common health issue.
When I had a mental health problem, I was frightened to tell people about it, because I thought they might treat me differently or think I couldn't cope. But people with mental health problems shouldn't be treated any differently to anyone else. That's why I'm pledging to help end mental health prejudice.
On far too many occasions I have seen the social stigma, public ignorance and political indifference that surrounds depression prove more discriminatory and dangerous than the illness itself. So I pledge, along with everyone else on this wall to support the Time to Change Campaign - let the conversation begin!