General Election 2015: Stigma

Voices of Mind speaking out about stigma

Violet, Andy, Becki and David talk about how stigma toward mental health problems has affected their lives. Please share this video with your friends and family.

We want the next government to commit to reducing mental health stigma and discrimination, and to continue supporting the Time to Change anti-discrimination campaign.

Stigma and fear of prejudice and things, definitely held me back from forming some relationships I might have done.

 

Mental health problems are still surrounded by ignorance, prejudice and fear. Nearly nine out of ten people with a mental health problem say they have faced stigma and discrimination.

Time to Change, England's biggest anti-stigma programme run jointly by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, has been working hard to improve attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems. Since it began in 2007, public attitudes towards the one in four of us with a mental health problem have improved significantly.

We've come a long way, but there's so much more we can do to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination.

 

That's why Time to Change needs to carry on its good work and why we're calling on the next government to continue funding this pioneering programme.

Take action

You can make a difference. Help us make people aware of how stigma can affect people's lives. There's lots of things you can do:

  • watch our film where our Voices of Mind volunteers talk about their personal experiences of stigma and how it affects their lives
  • share the film with your friends and family
  • start a conversation with someone about mental health
  • ask your friends and family to sign up and become a Mind campaigner.

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