The Department of Health has become the first government department to sign up to Time to Change the mental health anti-stigma programme.
Care Services Minister Norman Lamb said:
“We need to change the way we think about Mental Health problems and by signing up to the Time to Change pledge, we are able to show our support to stopping the discrimination people face at work due to their condition.
This is just one small step in the right direction and we fully support any action taken that can bring about a change in the way we as a society see people with mental health problems.”
Time to Change seeks to end mental health discrimination. Watch the TV advert below encouraging people to talk about mental health.
In funding the Time to Change anti-stigma programme, the department wants to encourage a wide range of organisations to act as catalysts for change. This is part of the department’s mental health strategy No Health without Mental Health that states mental health will be given equal priority with physical health. This is supported by the mental health strategy implementation framework launched by the Deputy Prime Minister in July 2012.