October 8 – Campaigners are gearing up for World Mental Health Day on Wednesday as surveys highlighted mixed public understanding of the issues. In Hull, the local NHS released the findings of its survey of “stigma.”
The survey found that a third of people would feel uncomfortable talking to a friend or family member about a mental health problem. About 56% underestimated the proportion of people with mental illness while 48% said people with severe mental health problems could recover fully.
The survey also found that 67% of people with mental health problems in the city reported suffering from stigma and discrimination in applying for work. But the largest source of stigma cited by service users was the family. Some 24% accused GP’s of stigmatising their problems. The survey followed the launch of a campaign in April called “Time to Change Hull” and plans to mark Wednesday with “tea and talk” events.
Campaign manager John Gilbert said: “Time to Change Hull communicates that one in four of us will experience mental health problems in our lifetimes, which also means that most of us will know people that are directly affected.
“We need to stop seeing mental health as a taboo subject and work toward a future where discrimination has been eliminated. We are getting there one step at a time.”
Source: Englemed newsroom