Time to Talk Day sees funding extension to continue tackling mental health stigma and discrimination
The charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness are to receive a combined £4.6 million from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund to continue running the Time to Change anti-discrimination programme in England until March 2016.
Mental health depictions in some of our most loved TV soaps and drama are becoming more authentic and prompt people to seek support according to new report ‘Making a drama out of a crisis’ launched by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The report comes as TV’s longest running soap takes on a mental health storyline, with Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald coming to terms with being diagnosed with depression later this month.
While many children and young people are heading back to school, college or university for the new term, figures released today[i] (Monday 1 September) show that, three quarters of young people (77%) with mental health problems have missed out on education.