Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has launched a campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. The Change your Outlook campaign focuses on issues such as anxiety and sleeping problems.
It was launched earlier this month with a series of posters, self-help guides and information.
NTW Deputy Chief Executive James Duncan said: “With one in four people experiencing some form of mental health issue, it is important for organisations such as ours to support efforts to reduce stigma and encourage people to talk about their mental health.
“Our campaign features a number of mental health issues - such as anxiety and sleeping problems – showing how common they are and stressing that sufferers are not alone.
“For example, up to 30% of the adult population is affected by sleep problems and help is only a click away through the NTW app or website which features self-help guides and other useful health resources.”
As part of the Change your Outlook campaign NTW is supporting national Time to Talk Day on Thursday, February 6.
The event is aimed at encouraging people to talk about their mental health as a way of challenging mental health stigma and discrimination.
Time to Change, which is partially funded through the Department of Health, is leading the way in tackling stigma and NTW support their aim of having a million conversations on Time to Talk Day; to show that mental health problems are common and having those conversations needn’t be as hard as people sometimes fear.
Details of the Change your Outlook campaign and the associated self-help guides can be found on the NTW website at www.ntw.nhs.uk
For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday or @timetochange on Twitter.