A hard hitting advert created by Time to Change, England’s mental health anti-stigma programme, is set to take America by storm after being re-worked by the US anti-stigma campaign founded by Hollywood actress Glenn Close. The new advert aimed at American audiences will feature the actress and her sister and nephew who both have mental health problems.
A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown there has been an 11.5% reduction in average levels of discrimination. The study of England’s Time to Change anti-stigma programme (run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) provides the first evidence that it is possible to change the way the public treat people with mental health problems, but that a long term focus is needed to ensure that discrimination is removed from all areas of people’s lives.
Nuneaton school has won a competition encouraging peers to stamp out the stigma faced by young people with a mental health problem in the West Midlands. The competition is part of a campaign run by Time to Change – England’s leading mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
A comedy extravaganza, African and Caribbean church partnerships in Leeds, a pop-up kitchen table set at Manchester Pride, and a portable tree that will tour over 35 country shows are just some of the ways that local communities will be tackling mental health stigma and discrimination.