Cumbrian project challenges mental health stigma

About 125,000 people in Cumbria will be affected by a mental health problem in the course of a year.

Growing Voices is a project designed to get people talking and reduce the stigma which still surrounds mental health.

Reuben is part of the project's steering group. He has been diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia and says stigma can take many forms.

"It can be emotional, it can be behavioural, it can be difficulty relating to people and feeling included in society."

– Reuben, Growing Voices

The project is based on a massive tree, designed by Carlisle artist Ben Gates, which volunteers take to events around Cumbria. The tree has an MP3 player with people's experiences of mental health.

Follow the links below to find out more about Growing Voices and mental health issues:

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