We deliver mental
health awareness training to professionals, ranging from GPs and
psychiatrists to police officers and voluntary sector workers.
There is increasing
concern over young people's mental wellbeing. HUG is working with
professionals in education, youth and health to develop a mental
health education programme for young people.
This work focuses
on youth groups and schools and promotes a positive approach and encourages
open and safe discussion of mental illness. We use interactive drama
and workshops to explore issues such as depression and self harm in
work aims to encourage realistic, accurate and responsible reporting
of mental health issues.
Through the relationships
we have built with people in the media, we have secured good coverage
and positive features in the press, radio and TV both locally and
We run a training
course on practical media skills to encourage more HUG members to
speak out about their experiences.
negative and stereotypical images of mental illness through publicity
and promotional projects which bring mental health more positively
into the public arena.
We produce regular
newsletters and a poetry and prose magazine called Moonstruck. We
have published 100,000 postcards and we are developing our own web
stigma HUG hopes that:
directly affected by mental illness will have better lives and suffer
public will gain a better understanding towards those who suffer from
mental illness and will act with greater sensitivity and empathy.
attitudinal barriers will be broken down and good practice in the
treatment and care of users.
taking a preventative approach and encouraging open discussions about
mental illness young people will feel more able to discuss emotional
and mental health needs and be less discriminatory towards those who
experience mental illness.