Below is information and links to several recent UK campaigns about mental health stigma.
An initiative run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. “The attitudes of others stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. Together, we want everyone to open up to mental health; to talk and to listen.”
See Me is Scotland’s programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and enable people who experience mental health problems to live fulfilled lives.
This is a campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and it is 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year.
“Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges. Too often, people feel afraid to admit that they are struggling with their mental health. This fear of prejudice and judgement stops people from getting help and can destroy families and end lives. Heads Together wants to help people feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.”
Between 2012 and 2014 Lifecraft ran Shame No More an innovative anti-self stigma project. Self-stigma is the prejudice which people with a mental health diagnosis turn against themselves. It is a range of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours which lower self-esteem. The project produced a handbook to help people break the cycle of self stigma which is available from Lifecraft.