As partners of our ‘Sticks and Stones’ campaign, the organisations below are committed to helping us show that there is no place for stigma and discrimination in our modern, inclusive society.
Merlin Housing, a medium-sized social landlord with nearly 9,000 homes in the south west of England, has signed up as an official Corporate Partner of our Stamp out Stigma campaign.
During March 2015, we were delighted to hear that Merlin Housing ran a month dedicated to highlighting issues around mental health for their staff and customers. As part of the mental health awareness month, staff have also received training which will enable them to better recognise mental health problems in their customers and signpost them to local services for support.
Robert Nettleton, Chief Executive at Merlin Housing (pictured below, right) said:
“I’m proud to be CEO of an organisation that recognises there is more to providing a home than bricks and mortar.
‘The people we speak to on a daily basis may be more likely to be unemployed, in fuel poverty, in financial distress – especially with the added worries of issues like welfare reform - or have low literacy and numeracy levels.
‘All of these things can have an impact on mental health and wellbeing and we need to be in a position to provide support. Training staff, signposting to services and making it okay to talk about this aspect of someone’s health are just some of the ways we’re improving service delivery for customers living with ill mental health, and creating a supportive work environment for our colleagues who may be affected too.
‘With nearly 9,000 homes, we’re the largest provider of affordable housing in South Gloucestershire and we’re proud to be a corporate partner of this campaign. I hope more housing providers in the South West will take on this challenge and stamp out stigma too.”
For more information about Merling Housing visit: www.merlinhs.co.uk/
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Halton Like Minds
The Like Minds for better mental health in Halton campaign has signed up as an official corporate partner of the 'Sticks and Stones' campaign.
The Like Minds campaign has been developed by a team of dedicated mental health specialists based at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Halton Borough Council.
The Like Minds campaign helps to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination by using real life local people and their stories of living with a mental health issue. The campaign aims to encourage people to talk to someone they trust, such as a friend, relative or GP about how they are feeling. Its focus is to empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue without facing discrimination.
The campaign has been funded by the NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group in response to a request made by the Halton Policy & Performance Board. Visit the Halton Like Minds website to read real stories from real people at: www.haltonlikeminds.co.uk
Activate Arts is a charity working with children, teenagers and young adults. They deliver Alternative Education and Employability programmes for young people with disabilities and young people who are disengaged from education. These programmes are based on helping young people acquire a range of skills and experiences over an extended time. Activate’s key aims are about integrating our students into their local communities to reduce social isolation and break down barriers. They also deliver 'Short Breaks' and holiday schemes for disabled children designed to provide them with opportunities to develop social contacts.
“We are delighted to become a Corporate Partner of Stamp Out Stigma,” says Lauren Churchill, Education Tutor at Activate Arts. “We hope that through educating our students about the stigma surrounding mental health and learning disabilities, they will become active advocates of the programme within their local community.”
Visit the Activate website at: www.activatearts.com/
Right Here Project
The Right Here Project has joined forces with the Sticks and Stones campaign to help stamp out the stigma surrounding mental ill health and learning disabilities.
Project Manager, Susan Blishen, signed the pledge on behalf of the project’s 150 staff and volunteers, officialising the corporate partnership between Right Here and the Sticks and Stones campaign. Right Here is a joint venture between the Mental Health Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which aims to radically change the way we look after the mental health of young people aged 16-25.
“We are delighted to support the work that the Sticks and Stones campaign is doing to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination, particularly in schools,” says Susan Blishen.
Warrington and Halton Hospitals
Warrington and Halton hospitals have signed their 3,900 staff to our 'Sticks and Stones' campaign petition.
Chief Executive Mel Pickup and Chairman Allan Massey welcomed the Trust’s Chairman Bernard Pilkington to Warrington Hospital where they signed the pledge board.
By signing up, people can actively show there is no place for discrimination in modern society.
Ms Pickup said: “We’re delighted to show our support for the campaign on behalf of the hospitals and play our part in stamping out stigma.”
Wirral Partnership Homes
WPH Chief Executive , Brian Simpson said, "The fact that one in four of our customers will experience mental ill-health at some point in their lives makes this partnership vital in ensuring we offer the right support. WPH is proud to be joining the Stamp out Stigma campaign to put a stop to discrimination across Wirral."
Ineos Chlorvinyls, Ineos Enterprises and Ineos Technologies
We’re delighted to announce that INEOS ChlorVinyls, INEOS Enterprises and INEOS Technologies have become Corporate Partners our ‘Sticks and Stones’ campaign – signing today on behalf of their 1,370 employees. The organisations – all industry leaders in chemical manufacturing – are based in Runcorn, Halton.
Riverside College, Halton
“As a college we are completely opposed to the use of any words which are hurtful or offensive to describe people with mental ill health or a learning disability,” says Principal, Mr Sheehan.
“By educating our young people about mental health, learning disabilities and the effects of stigma, we hope that they will become more compassionate, better informed members of society.
St Gregory's Catholic High School & Cardinal Newman Catholic High School
“At both St Gregory’s and Cardinal Newman High Schools it is our aim to ensure that all students are able to reach their potential in all aspects of their development – Social, Academic, Emotional, Spiritual etc.. Therefore we are always anxious to remove any barriers that may hinder that development. The Sticks and Stones campaign fits well within that philosophy and we are therefore very happy to support the project and would encourage others to support it.”
Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA)
“The NWDA’s role is to maximise our region’s competitiveness to build a strong economy,” said Mr Nokes, Executive Director for Policy and Planning “As such we want the Northwest to be known for its positive, forward-thinking attitude which includes its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We strongly believe that employees who have mental ill health deserve the same respect, understanding and support in the workplace as anyone else.”
Golden Gates Housing Trust
“As an organisation, we understand that those coping with mental ill health and learning disabilities not only have to deal with their condition but also face prejudice on a daily basis. Working closely with our local specialist mental health and learning disabilities service provider, we believe we can change the way we see, think and talk about mental health by addressing people’s fears, breaking down walls and stamping out the stigma,” said Chief Executive, Peter Mercer.
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council has pledged to back ‘Sticks and Stones’ on behalf of its entire staff. 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Chairman, Bernard Pilkington, visited the Council’s headquarters at Wigan Town Hall. He met with the Council’s Chief Executive Joyce Redfearn; its Executive Leader Peter Smith and Councillor Keith Cunliffe – Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities and Adult Services, to officially invite the organisation to become a Corporate Partner of the campaign. “As the local authority for Wigan we are proud to join the Trust in its fight against mental health and learning disability related stigma,” said Joyce Redfearn, Chief Executive.
Mencap supports the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and their families and carers. Mencap fights to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities, supporting thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want. “Frankly I find it shocking that in today’s society people use language that is obviously offensive and upsetting to people with a learning disability. If we accept such language, we are saying we accept the complete disregard for people with a learning disability and paving the way to other forms of abuse and hate crime. We fully support the Trust and its attempts to challenge the stigma associated with mental health and learning disability,” said Chief Executive, Mark Goldring.
Halton Borough Council
5,029 people work for Halton Borough Council, carrying out duties across a hugely diverse range of services. Including council employees on the petition has boosted the Trust’s pledge counter to more than 40,000. “Halton Borough Council is strongly committed to equality for all and very supportive of the Trust’s innovative ‘Sticks and Stones’ campaign. I am therefore happy to sign the pledge on behalf of all our staff. There is no place for stigma in our workplace or in the borough of Halton as a whole.” Councillor, Rob Polhill