The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched a search to find the country's unsung mental health heroes. As part of his campaign to increase awareness of mental health issues, Mr Clegg is calling on people to nominate those in their areas who have helped support those with mental illnesses or to change perceptions of mental health conditions.
One in four people will experience a mental health condition but for many the stigma surrounding mental health will prevent them from speaking out or getting the help they need. From healthcare professionals to next door neighbours, Nick Clegg is calling for people to nominate those who have gone above and beyond to help, support or inspire people with mental health conditions in their local area.
Nick Clegg commented: "It could be the woman sitting next to you on the bus, the dad picking his child up at the school gates or a colleague from work - everyone knows someone living with a mental health problem. I want to celebrate those who have gone that extra mile, whose passion and commitment have helped someone get through their darkest days and helped challenge the taboo around mental health which has existed for far too long."
"It is my ambition to bring mental health out of the shadows and create a fairer society where people can speak up about how they feel and get the support and treatment they need to live the life that they choose." Mr Clegg added.
To nominate someone complete and return the nomination form. The winning nominees will be invited to a ceremony in London on Thursday 5 February, which will mark Time to Change’s ‘Time to Talk Day’ to encourage people to speak out about mental health and spread the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.
Liberal Democrat Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: "Mental illness touches us all and, everyday, people in our communities are doing amazing things to improve the lives of those affected. We want to recognise and reward them. I am determined to end discrimination faced by people with mental illness, which us why we’re continuing to fund Time to Change and support Time to Talk Day. Everyone has a part to play in tackling stigma and this is an important opportunity to start the conversations that will make lasting change."