Talk about Mental Health
Getting it right
Many of you will have experience of living with struggles with your mental health or know someone else who suffers with mental illness. At PAPYRUS, we are keen to reduce stigma, not least for young people living with mental health problems. A new survey highlights some useful reflections:
'Pull yourself together' has topped the cliché chart in a new poll, commissioned by Time to Change, England's biggest mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, which explores unhelpful comments that people face when they talk openly to someone about their mental illness.
Many people with a mental health problem say stigma is one of the hardest parts of the illness, and often worse than the symptoms themselves. It can lead to loss of friendships, feeling isolated, not seeking the help they need and sadly, a slower recovery process. These common clichés can make it even harder for people to speak out.
Due to the myths that still surround mental health problems, starting a conversation about it can often feel awkward. However, talking and being open about mental health can help to break down the stigma and discrimination that many people face every day.
To show that mental health doesn't have to be a scary subject, the latest campaign 'It's time to talk. It's time to change', has launched a new viral film with tips on how to start a conversation about mental health.
People with a mental health problem say that listening, being open minded and non-judgemental about their experiences are the most important factors for them.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Watch the film below
Join the movement and make a pledge to help end mental health stigma HERE.
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