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Beating mental health illnesses


A MONTH-long campaign to provide better support to people with mental health issues and learning disabilities is being run by Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT).
The trust is looking at ways of becoming a better service provider and employer to people with these issues.
GGHT has been asking customers to sign up to the “Stamp out Stigma” campaign. This included pledging not to use negative words associated with mental health problems – and to put the words in a “Stamp out Stigma” bin.
The trust has had a great response and has commitment from its supported living user panel and tenant inspectors.
GGHT chief executive Peter Mercer said: “We understand that those coping with mental health problems and learning disabilities not only have to deal with their condition but also face prejudice on a daily basis.
“We want to break down any barriers faced by our customers and want to ensure our services are tailored to meet those customer’s needs.
“We recognise that we still have a long way to go in removing the stigma associated with mental ill health but believe that with the continued support of our staff and customers we will be able to achieve our goals.”


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