Thursday, 4 December 2008

Tackling Stigma!

One of my passions is to help to tackle the stigma associated with mental illness. This especially strikes within the workplace - see my blog on the European Parliament from November.

The Health Secretary Alan Johnson made a landmark speech about tackling stigma and discrimination at last Thursday's New Savoy Partnership Conference about Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. Alan Johnson said: "We all have a responsibility - government, health professionals and the media to fight the prejudice that people with mental health problems experience."

The full speech is now available on the Department of Health's website. Download it from here:

There is also some progress and useful information about 'Health Work Wellbeing' at
Health, Work and Well-being is a Government-led initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of working age people. Founded on a growing evidence base that working is good for health, it brings together employers, unions and healthcare professionals in helping more people with health conditions to find and stay in employment.

There is a useful list of organisations at

If you are interested in fighting stigma also look at

They are holding a special event in London on 15th December.

Might see you there?


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