How can we fight the stigma against mental illness?

We all have mental health - and yet stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health are widespread and damaging.

60% of people with a mental health disorder do not seek help from a health professional.
"World Health Organisation 2019"

9 out of 10 people with a mental health problem have experienced stigma and discrimination.
"Time to Change"

The majority of people with a mental health problem wait over a year to tell close friends and family.
"Time to Change"

What are our misconceptions and assumptions and do we recognise them as such? What can we do to better understand mental health for ourselves and others and reduce the stigma against mental illness? And why should we try?

Lots of questions. Let's explore some possible answers...

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How Healthy Are You?

wellbeing spelled out

What do you understand about wellbeing?

We believe that when we consider wellbeing, we are considering our whole-self wellbeing; our physical and mental health. There is loads of research confirming there is a real connection between the two - our physical health can impact our mental health and vice versa.

This module will explore your understanding of physical and mental health and what this means for you so you can start deliberately looking at choices to improve your whole-self health and wellbeing.

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Your Mental Health First Aid Kit

Mental health first aid

You may be wondering what on earth we are talking about here, and answering this question is a good place to start!

What is it?

Most of us will be aware of a physical first aid kit and will use this when we need it, without really thinking. We might cut ourselves and reach for a plaster or if we have a headache we take some painkillers.

What do we do if we are feeling sad or our mood is lower than is usual?

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All about Mental Health

Mental health

Available now at Eat, Move, Be Happy, we have the start of our Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing section.

  • Our Eat Better solution helps you with your food choices and controlling your weight.
  • Our Move Better solution helps you with your exercise, fitness and strength.
  • And now we complete the triad by unveiling our Mental Health solution to help you understand and be more aware of looking after your mental wellbeing.

Find it by clicking here or via the Learning and Exploration menu.

Over the coming weeks, we will explore Mental Health, what it is and how your mental wellbeing effects you and your daily life. We will share some insight and tools to help you understand your mental wellbeing and how you can positively influence it when needed. We will walk you through these tools so you are confident using them and helping yourself.

We will also explore the stigma associated with mental illness and the responsibility we feel we all have to do more to reduce this stigma and the discrimination that can follow.

Start your journey with us by clicking the button below or finding the Mental Health link on the Learning and Exploration section here.

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