Stigma – changing the public perception

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

(SOURCE Bring Change to Mind December 2013,  4m 32s)

A collection of video clips and comments from those affected by the Stigma of Mental Illness. This video is made all the more stark and emotional by being shot in Black and White.

The message – It’s OK to talk about it.

What do you think?

‘Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M) is a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed public education materials and programs based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness.’



This week we look at Stigma.

(SOURCE Image by Design – September 2015, 3m 20s)

All humans possess a primitive, basic mental function to form an opinion about the people and things we meet: whether to run away, fight or even eat it.

What is more important is the way we are socially constructed to react to those thoughts. As the video points out to hate is to hurt.

In the week that follows we will examine the psychological causes of and responses to Stigma.


We’re swearing to tackle mental illness

“As a society, we’re failing people who self-harm”

 We’re swearing to tackle mental illness (40 seconds)

We want to create a world where mental illnesses are understood, effectively treated and one day made preventable

We’re going to transform mental health for the next generation.

We are MQ

This week’s campaign is a strong message from the Research Charity MQ. Led by Cynthia Joyce the Chief Executive.

Now in its fifth year, the charity supports research to improve the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of mental illness, and advocates to make mental health research a priority around the world.

Right now, one in four people in the UK is living with a mental health condition. That’s nearly 15 million people with an illness that affects their wellbeing, their relationships with family and friends, and their ability to work. For many the experience can be painful, exhausting and isolating.

Watch the video and leave your comments on the Forum.

Will you swear to join them?


Vote for Mental Health Foundation award



The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

Creating Connections is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Health Project. We could be in with a chance of appearing on a BBC One show, and we need your vote to help us win! Please support us by casting your vote here:


Creating Connections

Creating Connections has directly equipped over 200 single parents with the skills and support networks to prevent mental ill-heath in Cardiff and Newport, South Wales, and over 1,500 people have been helped more widely via peer support and project literature.

Through self-management workshops, the project helps single parents develop skills and networks, so ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Helping them meet the challenges of single parenthood, maintain good mental health, and build towards a positive future.

Small supportive groups of single parents no longer have to manage alone. They share their experiences with the support of trainers who have also been single parents and know the issues first-hand. They acknowledge their challenges, and support them to build solutions together.

National Lottery funding enabled Gingerbread and the Mental Health Foundation to work together to develop Creating Connections.

Find out more in the project impact report