Community Care reports that a large, in fact, the largest ever, campaign to tackle stigma relating to Mental Health was launched yesterday in England.
The Campaign, called ‘Time to Change’ is a joint effort between Mind, Rethink and Mental Health Media and as well as television adverts, they have set up an expansive website which has a forum (which unsurprisingly, isn’t terribly active yet) and some blogs where people are invited to start writing. There are some interesting posts up there already and hopefully it will be something that is able to be maintained.
They have also set up a social networking site, Open Up, where people can post profiles and join discussions relating to experiences of stigma in the context of how it relates to Mental Health.
There is obviously a great push into ‘New’ Media and ways of communicating through this campaign but as always it is very much dependent on people participating and doing so actively.
On one hand it is about giving people who have experienced stigma as a result of mental distress, a platform and a space to discuss experiences but it is also about presenting adverts and information to those who might be liable to discriminate or stigmatise others.
They also have some information on the website about running your own local anti-stigma campaign along with resources such as posters, available to set things up.