Tackling stigma takes a collective voice to create a lasting, positive change in people’s attitudes towards mental health and better inform people on the facts.
What can you do to tackle stigma?
By lending your voice to the Change Your Mind campaign you will be helping to work towards our vision of a society where people with mental health problems are treated with equality, dignity and respect by all and feel confident to speak out and seek help.
Change Minds in 5 Steps:
It’s Time To Talk
1 in 5 of us will be affected by mental health problems in any one year, so being able to talk about it is something that’s important to all of us. Having those conversations is the first step in breaking down stigma and gaining a better understanding of mental health.
Whether its fear, embarrassment or lack of knowledge that stops you from talking about mental health, avoiding the subject isn’t good for anyone and only allows stigma to continue.
By talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, strengthen friendships, aid recovery and take the taboo out of something that affects us all.
You don’t need to be an expert to talk about mental health; here are a few tips to get you started….
Take it one step at a time
Mental health is a big topic and it can be daunting to know where to begin. Simply being there for someone means a lot and keeping in touch by meeting up, phone or text is a great support.
Be open minded:
One person’s experience of mental health won’t be the same as another’s. Listen to their experience and let them know you’re there for them.
Don't just talk about mental health:
Mental health is just one part of a person and people don’t want to be defined by it. Makre sure you continue to talk about the things you’ve always talked about.
Courage is contagious:
Don’t be surprised if your honesty encourages other people to talk about their own experiences. Often, once mental health is out in the open, people want to talk.