by Adam James
behind an £18m campaign to combat the stigma of mental ill
health are unlikely to need reminding of the scale of the problem.
But, just in case, readers of one regional news website have done
a report of a small fire at a psychiatry unit at a Southampton hospital
was posted on Monday at thisishampshire.net, it prompted a string
of offensive comments from visitors. These included “what
does one expect…bunch of nutters” and “could of
turned out to be a nut roast”.
But thankfully, other posters were quick to reprimand such "thoughtless”
and “immature” comments.
One reader responded: "It would be a different story if you
had a friend or a family member admitted in the hospital. Then you
would be concerned. People shouldn’t have such ignorance against
A campaign, run by the charities Mental Health Media, Mind and Rethink
together with the Institute of Psychiatry, aims to reach 30 million
people, and could include anti-stigma television advertisements.
16, 2008: Stigma is no laughing matter - Adam James
profiles Sue Baker, head of the largest ever campaign to tackle
the stigma linked to mental health
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