Mental Health and its associated stigmas were brought into the spotlight on National Time to Change day with a pop-up village in Nottingham’s Trinity Square.

Celebrating National Time to Talk Day, the pop up village was organised by Time to Change Nottinghamshire , an anti- stigma campaign which is trying to eliminate discrimination against people with mental health problems in England.

Time to Change is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and focuses on reducing discriminations in workplaces and universities, working with both adults and young people.

The village included not only a serious talk about discrimination and prejudice but also made the issue just that little more acceptable.

Jacqueline Crockford , a volunteer at Time to Change, talked about her experience of discrimination and prejudice at her workplace along with her deciding to come out with her illness and help others in need.

 

The event was based on the colourful setting of dance, song and even poetry where performers recounted personal accounts of what it was like to suffer silently.

Maxine, the head of Support for Survivors, also talked about her journey from a survivor of child abuse and mental illness.

 

 

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Charities such as The Samaritans, Support for Survivors and True Colours, which designs creative workshops for people to relieve stress and suffering, participated in the Village providing advice and generally raising awareness and talking to people about just how common it is to suffer from mental health issues.

1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem at some point

1 in 10 young people suffer from some mental illness

9 out 10 people with mental health problems suffer from stigma and discrimination

Rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe at 400 per 100,000

Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

63% of references to mental illnesses in the media are ” pejorative”, ”flippant” or ”unsympathetic”