The world is not equal for those of us living with mental illness.
Stigma. Discrimination. Lack of support. Limited access to housing, employment and welfare. It doesn’t make good reading.
There is some hope. The NHS Long Term Plan has committed to a community model of mental health care focusing on prevention. And stigma continues to improve for mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
But people living with severe mental illness are too often isolated from the mental health conversation.
Did you know:
- People living with a mental illness have a shorter life expectancy.
- LGBT+ people are at more risk of suicidal behaviour and self-harm.
- Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act.
We’re pleased that mental health is talked about more than in the past. But we’re fed up with mental illness being out of the chat.
In 2023, 500,000 of us in England live with severe mental illness. It’s time we had a society that truly understands and actively cares for us. Living with a mental illness should not be a barrier to a good quality of life.
This World Mental Health Day, we want everyone to talk about mental illness.
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Together, we can show the world that mental illness doesn’t have to be a lonely place. Together we can make our voices heard in the mental health conversation.
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