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Attitudes to mental health 'changing for the positive'

Attitudes to mental health in Wales are becoming more positive, according to one campaign Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A mental health campaign says there has been an increase in positive attitudes to mental health in Wales.

Time to Change Wales, which is run by three mental health charities, Gofal, Hafal and Mind Cymru, conducted a nationwide survey which found a 4.7% shift in how people perceive mental health.

This means that nearly 120,000 people in Wales have a more positive attitude towards mental health than in 2012, when the study was first carried out.

According to the NHS, 1 in 4 of us will experience problems with our mental health.

Campaigners say stigma and discrimination can make life with a mental health problem more difficult than the condition itself.

There has been an increased awareness of mental health in Wales, and an improvement in how we think we should treat people with mental health problems, according to the Time to Change Wales survey.

This shows the enormous success of the campaign so far which means thousands of people in Wales have a better understanding, and less stigma, of their own mental health and that of their family, friends and colleagues.

We look forward to continuing our campaign - our aim is to completely remove mental health stigma so that we all can feel confident in talking about our own mental health - at school, at work and in our day to day lives.

– Emily Wooster, TIme to Change Wales

But they say there is still work to do, as evidence suggests that stigma ‘is still prevalent at home, in the workplace, and in society as a whole especially concerning aspects of life such as employment, housing and having children.’

The findings will be discussed at the ‘State of Stigma’ event, in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay, today.

Mental ill health can affect anyone, at any age, and can have a huge impact on people's lives. Whilst it is encouraging that the survey results suggest that public attitudes towards mental health are changing for the positive - there is still work to be done. We remain committed to tackling the stigma associated with mental health problems in Wales.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Minister for Social Services and Public Health

The campaign is funded by the Welsh Government and Comic Relief.