The Trust is backing a campaign launched by service user Ben Salmons to combat the stigma attached to mental health issues. Ben has created the Break the Stigma initiative to help people understand more about the subject and to tackle common misconceptions.

The public are encouraged to write a message on a white board headed ‘Let’s be open about mental health to Break the Stigma’. Individuals are then pictured with their comment and the image is shared through @LetsBreakStigma on Twitter and the Let’s Be Open About Mental Health Facebook page.

It is also posted on the official East London NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page and Twitter account, @NHS_ELFT.

The campaign has been supported by Trust staff, politicians, members of the public and service users.Ben publicly launched Break the Stigma at the Trust’s AGM in September 2015 when invited as guest speaker.He has since been employed by the Trust to continue his work.

Email Ben for more information on how to get involved.

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