Priory hospitals across the country are supporting ‘Time to Talk Day’ (Thursday 6th February 2014) to highlight the importance of tackling the stigma still attached to mental illness.
The Priory Group, the leading provider of mental healthcare, is encouraging its 12,000 staff to ‘have a conversation’ about their own personal feelings and experiences of mental health issues.
Time to Talk Day, part of Time to Change, the national campaign aimed at changing the negative way mental illness is perceived, hopes to start one million conversations about mental health.
The Priory Group has signed up to the Time to Change campaign and is dedicated to actively campaigning to end the stigma and discrimination still attached to mental illness.
One in four people suffer from mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, at some point in their lives. Mental illness has been calculated by the Centre for Mental Health to cost the economy £105bn a year.
Priory Group Chief Executive, Tom Riall said: “Nick Clegg recently made a passionate speech outlining the Government’s mental health action plan in which he highlighted the continued stigma associated with mental illness. He said that it was ‘plain wrong’ to treat mental illness as the ‘poor cousin’ to physical ailments.
“At Priory Group we agree that this is totally unacceptable and by working with the Time to Change campaign we can support not only our service users but also our staff to be more open about mental health. It is only by constantly talking about the issues that perceptions will change and people with mental illness will not be treated as second class citizens, or someone to fear.
“I hope that everyone will embrace ‘Time to Talk’ day. Anyone can experience a mental illness and it is important that it is talked about openly.”
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