Time to Change - Ending Mental Health Discrimination

In Your Corner Campaign

Time to Change has launched a major campaign – ‘In Your Corner’ – aimed at encouraging men to be more open and supportive of the 1 in 4 of us fighting a mental health problem in any given year.

While there has been a positive step change in the way mental health is viewed and talked about in England, with 3.4 million people having improved attitudes, their research shows a persistent gap between the attitudes of men and women, with men consistently showing less favourable attitudes.

They’ve carried out research into men’s attitudes towards mental health over a period of twelve months, which included feedback from 18 focus groups across the country. The research revealed a number of barriers preventing men in particular from opening up to the topic of mental health.

Compared to women, the research found that men are:

  • Less knowledgeable about mental health, with more negative attitudes
  • Far less likely to report their own experiences of mental health problems and less likely to discuss mental health problems with a professional
  • More likely to say that mental health problems are the result of a ‘lack of self-discipline and willpower’
  • Three times more likely to take their own lives than women with suicide being the leading cause of death in men under 45.

We’re proud to be supporting the ‘In Your Corner’ campaign.  Watch the video here.

Time to Change Organisational Pledge

On 10 February 2016 we joined the growing number of employers committing to end the stigma and discrimination against people with experience of mental health problems by signing a pledge with Time to Change, which is a campaign run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The signing ceremony took place at the Board of Directors’ meeting and representatives from the Trust pledged their support to ‘Time to Change’ with an action plan of activity that will help to break the silence that surrounds mental health in the workplace.

Time to Change is England’s biggest anti-stigma programme led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Set up to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems, Time to Change promotes better understanding to combat discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems.

Individuals can also make an individual pledge on the Time to Change website (http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/pledgewall).