Mental health has no prejudices about who it affects so we should have no prejudices about it.
#itaffectsme was talked about in parliament. Thank you to Luciana Berger MP for tabling the below question...
The Department of Health has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (24143):
Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will engage with the #itaffectsme campaign on raising awareness of mental health issues. (24143)
Tabled on: 26 January 2016
Answer: Alistair Burt:
The Government is working to reduce stigma around mental health, and supports all campaigns, including #itaffectsme, in this area. Any campaign, such as #itaffectsme, which raises awareness in mental health issues, is welcomed. In a speech announcing almost a billion pounds in investment into mental health services on 11 January, the Prime Minister recognised the need to take away the stigma behind mental illness. He said that, ‘as a country, we need to be far more mature about this. Less hushed tones, less whispering; more frank and open discussion. We need to take away that shame, that embarrassment, let people know that they’re not in this alone’.
We continue to provide financial support to the Time to Change programme which works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and to encourage people to talk about mental health issues and seek help when needed. We are working with the programme and funders to develop the next stage of the programme.
The answer was submitted on 29 Jan 2016 at 14:52.
Laura and Luciana Berger MP with Ann Akin of Harts Theatre Company whose mental health workshops 'Normal?' go into schools and colleges throughout the UK. Click here to book or find out more!