Funding boost to tackle mental health stigma in Dudley and Walsall – 14/10/11

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has backed plans announced this week to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

The Government has announced the Time to Change programme, run by charities Mind and Rethink, will receive up to £20 million funding from itself and Comic Relief.

The money will help combat the negative attitudes people have towards mental health. This comes after a recent survey found over 83 per cent of people with mental health issues have experienced stigma and discrimination relating to their condition.

The funding will allow service users in Dudley and Walsall to access more events and campaigns in both boroughs to help them realise their full potential and take an active role within society.

Glyn Shaw, Chairman of the Trust, said: “This funding is excellent news for our service users and people in Dudley and Walsall. We fully support the work of Time to Change in fighting discrimination and stigma surrounding mental health."

“As part of our own Foundation Trust campaign we have committed to improving attitudes in the local community and breaking down barriers surrounding mental health.”

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of the Trust, said: “Changing people’s attitude towards mental health takes time and the Trust works hard to tackle the stigma."

“The additional funding will help support the work that the Trust is already doing in breaking down barriers and enabling people to achieve recovery and live confidently in a society that is open and understanding of mental health problems.”