On Friday we had a wonderful morning showcasing the results of a years work challenging Mental Health Stigma in Middlesbrough. Joined by Middlesbrough Council's Public Health Department we were able to present the amazing results we have achieved over the past year.
Last year public Health Middlesbrough recognised that people with a mental health problem/illness in Middlesbrough experience prejudice and stigma in all aspects of their lives. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind were appointed the stategic lead provider to work with service users to challenge attitudes towards mental health.
We started a Discussion and Action group connecting professionals, users of service and volunteers. The members developed strong bonds through the sharing of experiences. The common ground disccovered, raised members confidence to speak out and be more expressive about views on stigma.
The members of the group put together a calendar of events for the year which included:
- Men's awareness day hosted by Sporting Chance
- Time to Change village at Sunderand Airshow
- Depressed Cake stall at the Town Meal
- World Mental Health Day celebration in Middlesbrough Town Centre
- Time to Talk Day - Human Library at Central Library, Middlesbrough
- Better well-being roadshow in the community hub
- Supporting MRT celebration events with Depressed Cakes
In total this group organised and participated in 21 different events in 10 months engaging in approximately 1,119 conversations about mental health at those events.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded another year of funding for this project, and hope to bring a bigger and better approach to challenging stigma in Mental Health.