The Trust believes no-one should be disadvantaged because of stigma or discrimination
Time to Change Campaign
Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.
Make a pledge to help end stigma and read about pledges that have been made by other people and organisations.
Find out how schools can make a stand against mental health stigma
There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem. Small things can make a big difference – like being there to listen, keeping in touch and reminding the other person that you care. Have a conversation with someone about mental health - download some tips
Alzheimers and stigma
World Alzheimer's Month
September 2012 marked the first global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2012 was Dementia: Living together.
Alzheimer associations across the world focused their activities on reducing the stigma associated with dementia and making communities more dementia-friendly by offering a range of programmes and events. Activities included educational seminars, workshops and enjoyable social events for people with dementia and their carers. Memory Walks took place in numerous countries with communities gathering to show their commitment to remembering those who they have lost and creating a society where people with dementia and their families can live without the fear of discrimination
The Alzheimers Association have information and advice about combatting stigma, including five tips to overcome stigma:
See more about Sanes black dog campaign
SANE's vision is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Normalising mental illness means that it will be perceived like any physical condition. The campaign will put mental health on the same level of importance as physical health: in terms of priority, range of treatments, funding, research and public understanding. SANE plans to reach and involve 500,000 people in support of the campaign aims:
- Reduce stigma
- Encourage more people to seek help
- Engage members of the public
- Create a new language for mental illness
- Demonstrate the importance of research
- Change attitudes of future generations
Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime
Going beyond stigma, this new free telephone helpline for people with learning disabilities who have been victims of disability hate crime has been launched. The new 24-hour free helpline, Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime, has been launched by hate crime support organisation Stop Hate UK in England and Wales.
Anybody who has experienced, witnessed or knows someone who is experiencing learning disability hate crime can contact the helpline on 0808 802 1155 for support and information. Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime is free to call from landlines and most mobiles and the number won’t show on a phone bill.
Calls to the Stop Learning Disability Hate Crime helpline will be answered by trained staff and volunteers, who understand the impact learning disability hate crime has on victims. Calls are confidential and callers will be asked whether they need on-going support. Referrals will be made where consent has been given by the victim.
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