Guest blog by Gethin Jones, Time to Change Wales
You may have recently seen a TV advert in which a character called Dylan returns to work following a mental health problem only to find that his colleagues take extreme and bizarre steps to avoid discussing the issue of mental illness. The advert was produced for Time to Change Wales, the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in Wales.
The scenario will be familiar to many – in a recent survey carried out for us by Opinion Research Services, over a third of respondents said they would be unlikely to talk to their employer if they experienced a mental health problem.
The campaign, which features print, radio and outdoor advertising along with real life stories from people with mental health problems posted as blog entries on the Time to Change Wales website, aims to dispel some of the myths around mental illness and get people talking about mental health.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point, yet in the same Opinion Research Services survey we commissioned, over a quarter of respondents said that being around someone with mental illness can make them feel uncomfortable. The numbers mean that this is an issue that will affect us all. Our message is very simple: don’t be afraid to talk about mental health!
‘In case of Dylan’ can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ttcwales, where you can also leave feedback. For further information about mental health stigma, visit www.timetochangewales.org.uk. You can also sign up for our monthly e-bulletin and find out how you can support the campaign – or even get involved!