Understanding the signs and reducing the stigma of mental illness

It’s a very positive development that over the last few years mental health has been discussed far more openly. It is being talked and written about more in the media, and among families, friends and colleagues. The more we talk about mental health, the more we can understand how the issues around it affects us.

Yet sadly there is still a stigma around mental health – and it is still not treated with the same parity as physical health, despite it being just as important. It is vital that both as organisations, individuals and as a wider community, we do all we can to end the stigma of mental illness.

At Anxious Minds, we provide one to one and group support to young people who are experiencing issues with their mental health and well-being. We also work to raise awareness of mental health issues among young people and make sure they know where they can get support. Outside of our professional work, we are aware that as individuals and communities we can all take steps to reduce mental health stigma too. So if you want to get involved in reducing the stigma of mental health yourself, there are three main areas where you can have an impact: education, awareness and behaviour.


AM Radio North East is the charities own mental health community radio station working in partnership with Newcastle College giving a voice to the young people of the North East.

The more you can encourage people to understand the issues around mental health, the more you can dispel the stigma associated with mental illness. People need to understand that mental health affects everyone in both a positive and negative fashion – and it affects each person differently. Often the stigma around mental illness is caused by a lack of understanding, so sharing facts around mental health can a key part in improving knowledge and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.

Working in partnership

We welcome young people and youth projects to get involved, Newcastle College is one of our partners with this project to give young people a voice and talk openly about issues that trouble them the station will be played throughout the college raising awareness of the support that we offered and mental health.

Join our team

If you’re passionate about mental health and feel like you want to join our community radio station please just get in touch. working together we can reduce the stigma linked to mental health.

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