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To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to discuss mental health issues.
This Government is committed to eliminating the stigma around mental health and has provided a total of £20 million funding since 2012 for the Time to Change national mental health anti-stigma campaign.
Time to Change works with people with experience of mental health problems to challenge stigma and to improve social attitudes towards mental health. Encouraging people to talk openly about mental health is an important part of achieving this and Time to Change holds regular annual Time to Talk Days which encourage people to have a conversation about mental health. The evaluation of Time to Change shows that over four million people to date have reported improved attitudes towards mental health because of the campaign.
Public Health England is currently delivering a £15 million national mental health campaign called ‘Every Mind Matters’, with the aim to equip one million people to be better informed to look after their own mental health. This campaign was launched in October 2018 with a national rollout planned for spring 2019.