Let’s chal­lenge the stigma sur­round­ing men­tal health

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE -

While we are mak­ing progress in chal­leng­ing stigma, there is still a long way to go. Here are three things you can do to help.

ED­U­CATE YOUR­SELF

READ­ING up on com­mon men­tal health prob­lems, learn­ing about the signs and symp­toms and ways to sup­port those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal ill health is a great way to equip your­self with the knowl­edge to chal­lenge myths about men­tal health when they arise. Visit mind.org.uk for a wealth of in­for­ma­tion to get you started.

SUP­PORT A CAM­PAIGN

CAM­PAIGNS play an im­por­tant role in rais­ing aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues, keep­ing men­tal health on the Get talk­ing and help to tackle the stigma of men­tal health po­lit­i­cal agenda and giv­ing a voice to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who might oth­er­wise go un­heard. Time to Change is a grow­ing so­cial move­ment ded­i­cated to chal­leng­ing stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion around men­tal health. See time-to-change.org.uk for de­tails.

TALK ABOUT MEN­TAL HEALTH

WHETHER it’s ask­ing for help when you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing your own dif­fi­cul­ties, check­ing in with a friend who is strug­gling or chat­ting with col­leagues about men­tal health sto­ries in the news, talk­ing about men­tal health is one of the sim­plest things we can all do to chal­lenge men­tal health stigma, one con­ver­sa­tion at a time. Dr El­lie Milby is a coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist

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