Mental Health Stigma Conference

Time to join forces: An interdisciplinary approach to fighting stigma

On 7th September, we held a conference in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Surrey. This was to share our research findings, raise awareness of mental health stigma and facilitate conversations about tackling stigma.

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It was a great opportunity to bring together a range of people with different experiences to talk about the issue of mental health stigma. We had a brilliant turnout, made up of service users, carers, academics, clinicians and service providers.

We were impressed by the diverse and interesting presentations and group discussions. We heard from speakers about Time to Change and a Time to Change champion’s journey. We also spoke about our research findings regarding peoples’ experience of stigma in relation to their mental health problem or caring for someone with a mental health problem.

Other topics included stigma in psychosis, mental health stigma in BME communities and Stockport Mind’s involvement in the research. It was a really positive day which highlighted progressional areas for future partnership working.

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For anyone who wasn’t able to attend, the speakers were filmed so that we can create webinars to show you. Watch this space!

We would like to thank everyone who came along to the conference to make it such a fantastic event. We’d also like to thank everyone who contributed to the research project and the conference, especially all of the speakers and discussion facilitators.