Students' union launches new writing award on mental health
- By: Rhona MacDonald
The National Union of Students (NUS) has announced an innovative award to be given for the positive portrayal of people with mental health problems.
One in four people will be affected by mental health problems during the course of a year, yet discrimination is still rife, particularly in the media where negative stereotypes and derogatory language are often used. “Tomorrow's Minds” research conducted by Opinion Leader Research showed that among young people aged 16 to 24 years, 61% used the words “psycho,” “schizo,” “nutter,” and “loony” while at the same timeconsidering racist language to be taboo. In addition, 80% believed that having a mental health problem could lead to discrimination and 55% would not want anyone to know if they had a mental health disorder. In commenting on who they believed to be the major perpetrators of mental health discrimination, 62% identified the media, 65% people their own age, and