Over the last few years, awareness of mental illness has come a long way, and there is still a way to go. But alongside this awareness, we have always needed action too. Action to push for reform, fight stigma and campaign for change.
That’s why for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 we’re looking at seven ways you can turn awareness into action. Whether it’s learning how to help someone in a crisis, contacting your MP or signing up to tackle discrimination, you can make a difference. This week join Rethink Mental Illness to take action for mental health.
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We know that lots of people who look after a loved one with a mental illness don’t always see themselves as carers. But if you are helping to support someone then you should be entitled to an assessment and extra support from your local authority. Here, Lauren shares her experience of getting the right care package in place for her daughter.
Over the last few years, awareness of mental illness has come a long way. But alongside this awareness, we have always needed action too. Action to push for reform, fight stigma and campaign for change.
In spite of great progress, there are still many myths and preconceptions about mental illness. Ten years ago Rethink Mental Illness together with Mind set up Time to Change, our anti-stigma campaign. In this blog, Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, looks at how Time to Change has captured the public's attention, and how we still need your help to challenge the public discussion on mental illness.
Mental Illness and money problems can go hand in hand. That’s why we set up the Mental Health and Money Advice service. Thanks to our new website and telephone hotline we are able to offer confidential support before debt becomes a problem. In this blog Sarah from our Advice and Information Service looks at the link between debt and mental illness and how you can take control of this.
Reliable advice on mental health is invaluable. At Rethink Mental Illness we provide independent, accredited information through our helpline and website. Today Laura from our advice team writes about how getting timely information can be the first step to supporting some with recovery.
Will from our campaigns team looks at the Mental Health Act and why we are calling for it to be reformed.
When it comes to mental illness we're stronger when we work together. In this special blog for MHAW, our chair, Philipa, discusses the vital role of peer support offered by our groups and membership, and how thanks to this, both she and the son she cares for are in a much better place.
Only 25% of those needing mental health services have access to them according to the National Audit Office. Our supporters tell us that they are waiting too long to access the services and treatment they need. Lucy, from our health influencing team, looks at the problem and shows how you can help tackle this in your area.