Herefordshire’s mental health care provider to take part in pilot tackling stigma

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust is working with Time to Change on a new pilot aimed at tackling mental health stigma and mentalhealth.jpgdiscrimination.

    This pilot focuses on bringing together professionals and people who have used mental health services to create an open dialogue about the changes that could make a difference to people’s experience of mental health services and the experiences of staff, reports The Hereford Times. 

    In these sessions it is hoped it will highlight positive examples of where mental health staff have challenged stigma and discrimination with the hope of empowering others to do the same.

    Shaun Clee, chief executive of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: "At 2gether we have been committed to tackling mental health stigma for some time. The Time to Change initiative offers us further opportunity to reach our aspiration of providing the best service experience for people who use mental health services. As such, we have pledged to lead a series of forums this year, working with our teams to consider the ways we currently impact – either positively or negatively - upon the stigma felt by people who use mental health services. "The sessions will be attended by staff at all levels of our organisation, and from a wide range of teams and services in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. We will deliver the work alongside people with lived experience of our service, who will be invited to openly share their own experiences of interacting with 2gether staff. Part of the work will be to consider ways in which practice can be enhanced to reduce mental health stigma. To do this, all participants will be invited to share their personal pledge to tackle mental stigma through and in their health care professional practice.”

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