Train of thought: Mental health groups target commuters

Commuters in Sheffield rode to work in a 'padded cell' this morning as part of a campaign to tackle mental health discrimination.

Time to Change
Time to Change

Tram carriages have been made over and adorned with slogans such as ‘One in four will have a mental health problem in their life; that's 50 on this tram – but they don't need to spend their days in a padded cell.'

Travelling on board will be several people who have experienced mental health problems, including an ex-police officer and a qualified nurse.

Sue Baker, director of Time To Change, the organisation behind the activity, said: "Time and time again, people with mental health problems say that other people's prejudice, fear and discrimination can have a worse impact than the problem itself."

The stunt is part of a wider campaign being rolled out throughout England this month, and is being run by leading mental health charities Mental Health Media, Mind and Rethink, with backing from the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.

On Wednesday, another stunt titled ‘Crushed Under the Weight of Stigma', will take place in Manchester city centre.

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