Marcus Hails Progress In Mental Illness Fight

Marcus Trescothick attended the London launch of a campaign to end discrimination against people with mental health problems.

The reception was hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other celebrities there included Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, and TV presenter Fiona Phillips and Trisha Goddard.

The event marked the achievements of the ambitious Time to Change programme, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Marcus said: "Time to Change has done an amazing job at challenging the stigma that surrounds mental health problems. The reception is credit to this programme and I hope we can continue to work together to ensure more people are able to speak out about their mental illness, just like I did."

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “Time to Change has been instrumental in changing attitudes to mental health across the country. This success has only come about because of those who have put so much energy into backing the campaign and been so brave in coming forward with their own very personal and sometimes harrowing stories.

“It is only thanks to their courage in speaking out that we can encourage others to do the same. I'm very pleased to support the campaign and to have had the opportunity to thank some of those involved in making such a difference.

“Challenging attitudes and behaviour is essential if we are to ensure that people with mental health problems feel able to talk openly about their illness, just like other physical illnesses.”

For more information visit www.time-to-change.org.uk

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