In The News18 Jan 2012
Children urged to talk about depression
Marcus Trescothick, the former England cricketer, and Jonny Wilkinson, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winner, are supporting the campaign to get more people to talk openly about mental health problems.
The Department of Health has provided £16 million for the Time to Change campaign, aimed at children in schools and youth clubs and via social networking websites.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said: “This is particularly important as young people suffering with a mental illness are particularly vulnerable to the stigma surrounding it. They can be bullied, marginalised, left to suffer alone, too afraid to talk about what they are going through. This is a tragedy.” Government figures suggest one in four people will experience mental health problems during their lives. Trescothick, who has spoken about his own battle with depression, urged more people to “speak out about their mental illness, just like I did”. In a blog for the campaign, Wilkinson has described his “obsessiveness” and “dark” thoughts that led him to self-harm.
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