Voluntary organisations and employers have been urged to tackle
the stigma of mental health in a new guide published by the Social
Exclusion Unit, writes Clare Jerrom.
The guide, launched to coincide with World Mental Health Day,
sets out key issues on mental health and social inclusion and
highlights best practice and tips for action.
Minister for Social Exclusion Jeff Rooker said that although one
in six adults suffer from mental health problems, stigma all too
often cuts them off from opportunity.
“We know that stigma is often caused by a lack of
understanding and knowledge,” he said. “It’s
essential we give service providers the information they need to
open doors to people with mental health problems.”
The guide includes 12 fact sheets covering topics such as
discrimination and employment and are focussed on employers,
financial services, public service agencies and voluntary
They include case studies and contacts for further support.