Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore, has signed the ‘Time to Talk’ pledge to battle the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health.
The pledge was signed by a number of Labour MPs ahead of Time to Talk Day on the 5th February. On this day, MPs were encouraged to have a conversation with a constituent who has experience of dealing with mental health.
The pledge was supported by the Time to Change programme and the Labour Campaign for Mental Health.
Talking about the pledge, Huw Irranca-Davies said, ‘The ‘Time to Talk’ campaign is an excellent way of encouraging people to talk about mental health issues.’
‘We all have mental health, and one in four of us will be affectedby mental illness in any one year. Given that mental health is such an integral part of our lives, it is imperative that people feel able to speak out about their own experiences.’
‘Many people who have suffered from mental illnesses say that being discriminated against in work and social situations can be a bigger burden than the illness itself. Faced with discrimination, those suffering from mental illnesses are often reluctant to seek help.’
‘Encouraging people to have conversations about mental health issues is the first step towards ridding our society of the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health.’
In Huw’s own constituency, a group of local men have set up The Squirrel’s Nest, a wood workshop in Tondu for men who are facing mental health issues. This facility allows men to practice a creative skill as well as providing a social space where they can talk about their own experiences of mental health.