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Challenging mental health stigma and discrimination

Where we are now

We know that tackling stigma is a priority of people with lived experience of mental health problems, with a 2019 survey finding that it was the second highest priority after the quality of services. We also know that Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign delivered by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, saw a significant change in attitudes towards mental illness. Between 2008 and 2021, attitudes improved in over 5 million adults in England.

But evidence is starting to emerge that there may be a “hierarchy” within mental health stigma. There's more acceptance of experiences of depression and anxiety now. Yet, there’s still stigma around experiences of other mental illnesses. Mind’s vision is for everyone experiencing a mental health problem to get both the support and respect they deserve. This is impossible if some mental health problems remain misunderstood and those experiencing them continue to be shunned.

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What we’re doing about it

At Mind, securing respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem starts with conversations. We talk with experts, practitioners, the wider sector, and people with lived experience about what it’s like to have a mental health problem today. We want to do this in 2024/25 with a series of events discussing the state of mental health stigma today. More details of these events will be posted on this page, as well as on our social media platforms. We really hope you’ll join us in a national conversation on the state of mental health stigma in 2024.

We’ll continue to speak up when stigmatising language is used. And when media portrayals of mental health problems are outdated, offensive, or inaccurate. We'll also continue to deliver Time to Change Wales thanks to generous funding from Welsh Government, with a focus on those from racialised communities and those facing poverty.

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