We've pledged to end mental health stigma

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, and the Students’ Union President, Ellie Hynes, signed a ‘pledge of support’ to end negative attitudes towards people with mental health problems at a ceremony held last week.

(Left to right) Sally Williamson, Students' Union Officer, Ellie Hynes, Students’ Union President, Mark Humphriss, University Secretary, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor, and Amanda Chapman, Health & Safety Adviser, who organised the event.

The pledge, part of MIND’s ‘Time to Change’ national campaign, signifies a renewed commitment by the University to eliminate the stigma suffered by those with a mental health condition.

The Vice-Chancellor said: “One in six adults and one in ten young people has a mental health problem. Of those, one third has felt stigmatised because of it.

“At Bath we take a proactive approach to these issues but recognise more can and should be done to tackle this stigma.

“I am therefore delighted to be able to sign this pledge, and to be working in partnership with the Students’ Union, to end this discrimination and promote attitudes that foster mental well-being.”

Ellie Hynes said: “This is a particularly important issue to me as I have friends who have been affected by mental health problems.

“I would like to thank Sally Williamson, the Students’ Union Community Officer, who initiated this and a number of events in support of MIND’s ‘Time to Change’.”

Mark Humphriss, University Secretary, said: “We join 22 other universities across England in our ‘pledge of support’. But this is only the beginning for us. We have drawn up a plan to continue to challenge mental health stigma and hope the whole community will join with us in this.”

After the ceremony attendees were asked to make their own personal pledge to end mental health stigma on the Students’ Union’s pledge boards.

The ‘pledge of support’ was one of a series of events in support of MIND’s ‘Time to Change’ national campaign, which includes the launch of the Health & Wellbeing Mental Health page and the Tree of Life which is currently in the foyer of 4 West .

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