As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (8th – 14th May 2017). Healthwatch Bury created a survey to assess people’s views on mental health stigma and its negative consequences.
Stigma is defined as a ‘strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when it is unfair’
Healthwatch Bury collected 26 responses via a link to an online survey which was sent to the Healthwatch Bury membership and shared via social media. Paper copies of the survey were used during our engagement with the public at a Marketplace which was hosted by the council and partner organisations at Bury Market, on 10th May.
Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign that takes place every year and is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The campaign this year was ‘Surviving or thriving’ and it asks why so many people are living with mental health issues rather than enjoying good mental health. The campaign focuses on why so many of us struggle to cope with the demands of modern life, and in some cases just get through the day. The campaign also looked at steps we can all take to look after our mental health, build resilience and cope better with the demands of modern life. Bury has an estimated 27,000 people experiencing a mental health condition at any given time and the council and its partners are keen to emphasise to residents that they’re not alone. Local organisations are on hand to offer advice and support.Mental Health Stigma Survey Results 2