Council supports Mental Health Campaign

Date: 18/11/2014

A new exhibition to tackle the stigma around mental health is to be launched at the Council this month.

The display in the Atrium at Wakefield One will be unveiled at 12pm on 24 November in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It will showcase artefacts used to treat mental health patients from the early days of care to the present day.

Visitors are invited to the launch event where they will also have the chance to taste a selection of mood foods and officers will be on hand from 11.30am to 1.30pm to offer advice to anyone wanting to boost their mental wellbeing. There will also be an opportunity for people to find out more about the effects of physical activity and alcohol on mental health with information and tips.

Some of the artefacts on display are part of a unique collection of mental health related objects belonging to the Mental Health Museum in Wakefield, run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet member for Adults and Health said: "One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. It's our aim to support initiatives reduce the stigma that's often related to mental ill health.

"I would encourage residents who wish to learn more about mental illness to come and visit our exhibition, it's a great opportunity to see how far we have come since the early days of mental health care."

Alison Moreton, volunteer at the Mental Health Museum, who was also part of the exhibition team said: "There are no quick wins to beating stigma and discrimination. It is a long haul journey, but projects like this are big steps in the right direction."

People who have used mental health services have been involved in the display creation. Their input has included the design, wording and overall feel of the exhibition.

Nine out of ten people with mental health problems have reported the negative impact that stigma and discrimination has on their lives. These attitudes are said to make it more difficult for people suffering a mental health problem to work, make friends and live a normal life. The discrimination they face can be as much or more of a burden than the illness itself.

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