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Everyone Has a Role to Play in Breaking Mental Health Stigma - Campbell

Published: 16 April, 2017

Sinn Féin Cllr Glenn Campbell says that everyone has a role to play in breaking the stigma associated with mental health.

Sinn Féin Cllr Glenn Campbell says that everyone has a role to play in breaking the stigma associated with mental health.

Sinn Féin Cllr Glenn Campbell says that everyone has a role to play in breaking the stigma associated with mental health. Speaking following his attendance at a local briefing session on the Suicide Prevention Bill in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, and to coincide with World Health Day, he said:

"World Health Day was on the 7th April. World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th October every year.

"What a measure of progress towards ending the stigma associated with Mental Health it would be if, some time in the future, there was not the need for a separate day relating to Mental Health? World Health Day, then, would be about all aspects of our health - physical, emotional and mental.

Continuing, Cllr Campbell said,

"Of course, it is necessary to do everything we can to highlight the importance of maintaining positive mental health all year round. Indeed, it is to be welcomed that the theme of World Heath Day this year is 'Depression'.

"The briefing session on the Suicide Prevention Bill in the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh was an excellent engagement facilitated by Fergus Cumiskey, CEO of Contact. There were people from all backgrounds and shades of political opinion in the room and they all shared a common energy. They were all determined to, in whatever way the could, make a difference in terms of reducing suicide and self harm and promoting positive mental health.

"Some in the room yesterday had experienced the loss of someone suicide and their courage in attending and speaking is to be commended. Others attended to listen and put forward their views in relation to suicide and self-harm.

Urging more people to speak up about mental health, Cllr Campbell said,

"We all have a role to play in challenging and breaking the stigma associated with mental health. We need to start more conversations, at home, at work and via social media. We need to feel assured that, however small our contribution, however few our words, they CAN and Do make a difference.

Concluding,Cllr Campbell said,

"The few words we utter to a friend, to check how they are or to seek advice and support for ourselves, are all part of a very important conversation. We need to create safe spaces and platforms to listen to and join the conversation. We need to do this to ensure that we are the generation that ends the stigma associated with mental illness. Happy World Health Day. Look after your health - all of it."

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