The University of St Mark & St John has signed a Time to Change pledge to end mental health discrimination.
The commitment comes ahead of World Mental Health Day on Friday October 10 and marks the start of a Time to Change action plan at the University.
The pledge was signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Karen Cook on behalf of the University in the presence of Plymouth & District MIND Operations Manager Olivia Craig and University Inclusion Co-ordinator Lynda Tout.
Lynda said: “The University joined in the mental health campaign, led by MIND and Rethink Mental Illness, to lessen stigma and reduce discrimination against people with mental health illness.
“We did this through running a number of ‘tea and talk’ sessions last year for staff and students.
“These sessions provided an informal setting where conversations could take place around issues relating to mental health and individuals could pick up useful resources.
“Over the coming months we are seeking to step up our action on the campaign and have started the action by signing the ‘Time to Change’ organisational pledge to end mental health discrimination.”
Olivia said: “We are delighted that the University of St Mark & St John is leading the way in challenging the stigma associated with poor mental health as well as promoting health and well-being.”
Time to Change
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Pictured from left to right: Plymouth & District MIND Operations Manager Olivia Craig, University of St Mark & St John Inclusion Co-ordinator Lynda Tout and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Karen Cook.
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