1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any year but nearly 9 out of 10 people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result.
LBC has teamed up with Time to Change to bring you a Special Report on mental health and help end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.
Time to Change want to get people talking about mental health and start thousands of conversations across England to show you don’t have to be an expert to talk about it.
We can all do something to end discrimination, so why not do it now? Show your support today and make a written pledge to be there for someone you know.
If your friend came out of hospital recovering from a broken leg, you wouldn’t think twice about asking them how they felt. So why should it be any different if a friend had a mental health problem?
Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so it’s important to talk about it. You may think it’s difficult to start a conversation but you don’t need to be an expert to talk about it – it can be as easy as sending a text, having a chat over a cuppa, or just saying ‘How are you?’
These small things can make a big difference and let someone know you’re there and that you care about them.
You can also start your conversation today by adding your name to the Time to Change pledge wall
Whether you pledge to keep in touch and ask a friend or loved one how they are or call a friend to ask them if there’s anything you can do to help, you’re joining thousands of people who’ve pledged to end mental health discrimination.
It only takes a couple of minutes to make a pledge.
The stigma of having a mental health problem – and the discrimination that comes from it - can sometimes be worse than the mental health problem itself.
There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can help end discrimination and make a difference to someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem – like just being there to listen, keeping in touch, letting them know you care.
These personal stories from the stars of the latest Time to Change TV advert show the small things that made a difference to them.
Click the link to read Time to Change’s tips for talking about mental health.
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If you or a member of your family or a friend are experiencing mental health problems and need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.
Time to Change is focused on challenging stigma and discrimination in society, and are therefore not able to provide individual or emergency support. But there are lots of people who can.