Hello from the launch of the UCL Stigma Research Unit
In2gr8mentalhealth members and supporters at the launch of the UCL Stigma Research Unit on 16th February 2018, including Professor Jamie Hacker-Hughes, past president of the British Psychological Society and speaker at the launch, Dr Natalie Kemp, Director and Founder of in2gr8mentalhealth and Dr Hanne Warren, Development Consultant for in2gr8mentalhealth. We stand in solidarity with all members of the mental health professions who also have lived experiences of mental ill health. We support the 'Only Us' campaign, asserting that there is no 'them and us' in mental health services, only us. We support Time to Change as mental health professionals with lived experience, Sue Baker MBE was also a speaker at the launch today. We support the Honest Open Proud programme for mental health professionals at UCL, the manual revised for this from the original devised by Professor Pat Corrigan, the keynote speaker at today's launch. We are all human beings regardless of role, any of us can struggle with mental ill health due to things that can happen to us in life. Training doesn't immunize you to this. The sooner it is accepted that we can all struggle, the sooner we can attack the isolation professionals feel when going through difficulties, provide compassionate and systematic, non punitive support. We need to go further to destigmatise mental health difficulties in the helping professions. If you are a mental health professional and want to join an online members forum and an upcoming meeting on April 2018 to discuss this with your peers in this position, sign up and say hello at www.in2gr8mentalhealth.com 💪🤗
Here is a brief hello video of some In2gr8mentalhealth members and supporters at the launch 🔻
Some pictures from the day:
(L to R) Dr Hanne Warren, clinical psychologist, Camila, trainee clinical psychologist and Dr Natalie Kemp, clinical psychologist and Founder of in2gr8mentalhealth; all with lived experience of mental ill health, standing up for destigmatising mental ill health in the mental health professions and in mental health services. Wearing our Only Us badges.
Dr Katrina Scior, Director of the UCL Stigma Research Unit and Dr Henry Clements presenting research from their Honest, Open ,Proud programme.
Sue Baker, OBE Director of Time To Change Tackling mental heath stigma among mental health professionals.
The importance of sharing lived experience in mental ill health in order to destigmatise it.
Professor Jamie Hacker-Hughes, consultant clinical psychologist and past president of the British Psychological Society, also with lived experience of mental ill health. Bring his 'only us' badges to share at the launch.
Professor Pat Corrigan, the original developer of the Honest, Open, Proud programme. He has his own lived experience of mental ill health.
Dr Ahmed Hankir, Psychiatrist with lived experience of mental ill health.
His moving film "The Wounded Healer" film was shown.