In government, we fought tirelessly to reduce the historic inequality between the way physical and mental health are treated in the NHS and are proud of the strides forward we made.
We legislated to give mental and physical health equality under the law. We introduced the first waiting time standards for access to treatment for mental health. We introduced the crisis care concordat which dramatically reduced the number of people who end up in police cells when they experience a mental health crisis. And we secured more money for children and young people’s mental health services. But we know that not enough resources reach front-line services and that in the fight for parity of esteem, there is still a very long way to go.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
What you can do:
- Share this Mind video about how to have a mental health conversation with a GP
- Here’s an easy MyCouncillor post to share on your blog
The Time to Change website has some great resources, from guidance to access to support.
If you are not already signed up, or the organisation that you work for is not, we think you should also sign up for the Time to Change pledge.
Since 2007, Time to Change has been the leading campaign against mental health discrimination in England. They have been working hard to improve public attitudes towards mental health, and increase the confidence of people with mental health problems to challenge discrimination. In this time more than 60,000 people across England have added their name to their pledge-wall, showing support for those facing mental health discrimination. Their pledge-wall is a quick and straightforward way to show your support for their campaign. Take your pick from these five common pledges – or write your own!
- I will keep in touch and ask a friend or loved one how they are
- I will share my mental health story to help others understand mental health
- I will look out for friends and loved ones and support them when needed
- I will volunteer at a local event to raise awareness of mental health
- I will challenge mental health stigma and discrimination when I see it