New campaign launched to tackle mental health stigma in teenagers

The ’Time to Change’ anti-stigma programme was announced by Minister of State for Community and Social Care Alistair Burt on 22 October and will be run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The national campaign will launch in November and will look to encourage young people and their parents to openly discuss mental health, with the aim of reducing the stigma surrounding it.

The campaign has seen £660,000 of investment and will use school visits and social media to provide 14-18 year olds with the information they need, as well as helping parents to feel confident in speaking to their children about mental health.

Burt said: "I am proud to announce the biggest transformation to young people’s mental health and one of the greatest investments the sector has seen.

“The largest ever national anti-stigma campaign for young people and their parents will launch next month. We will be working alongside Time to Change on a campaign specifically targeted on the places where young people spend their time online.”

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