Let's all support the Time to Talk campaign and help put an end to mental health discrimination.
It is vital that everyone plays their part in the campaign to end prejudice and discrimination towards vulnerable adults and those affected by mental health, but let's ensure we understand the importance of backing up words with actions.
Prejudice and discrimination are the two biggest hurdles vulnerable adults face in becoming integrated members of their local community and making a positive contribution to society.
Recent weeks have made depressing reading for those of us who work in the care sector, as we open newspapers or switch on news channels to find further evidence of miss-treatment or bad practice towards those most at risk in our society, ignorance is largely to blame.
Many people don't know that we all have mental health, good or bad. Most of us are fortunate to enjoy good mental health most of the time; and we believe with correct diagnosis and treatment there is no reason why each and every one of us cannot take up or proper place in society.
Our uStep support has already helped improve the lives of the many people we help each year giving them a better quality of life, often from a very low threshold. The key to the success has been that we put our consumers in the driving seat and give them the chance to guide us how to best help them. Supporting them, we can help them work out how they want to live their lives, their aspirations, how to achieve them and where they live.
Individuals and organisations, such as ubu, alongside the Time to Talk campaign, have highlighted the difficulties vulnerable adults face and the need for the Government to do more.
Our Government must put in place systems and measures that will allow those with mental health diagnoses to access the care and support they need to achieve their ambitions.