Mental Health

Time To Talk: MOD Tackling Mental Health Discrimination

An initiative by The Ministry Of Defence aims to help guide a person to seek the professional support they may need to recover

Hashtag #TimeToTalk and the Ministry of Defence are both hoping to end mental health discrimination by encouraging people to talk about what is troubling them wherever and whoever they are.

The aim is that no one is made to feel ashamed or isolated because of a mental health problem.

According to mental health charity Mind, one in four will experience a mental health problem each year and approximately one in eight adults are currently receiving treatment.

The Ministry of Defence is acutely aware of the need for more help so have launched a new initiative to identify Mental Health First Aid volunteers.

Trained staff will now wear green lanyards to identify them as Mental Health Champions who have been trained to spot signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide non-judgemental support and reassurance, and guide a person to seek the professional support they may need to recover.

"... we've got lots of people trained in this but what we haven't done before now is perhaps give those first aiders the profile that perhaps the physical first aider would have in the workplace as well..."

You will see volunteers & serving personnel sporting the new green lanyards right around the Forces World as Forces Radio BFBS' Amy Casey found out from Senior Civil Servant & Mental Health Champion Damien Paterson.

"For some people asking for help, speaking out, finding somebody that they can share their feelings with is almost the hardest part of recognising that they might have a mental health challenge that's perhaps developing."


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