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Dorset military chiefs back fight against mental illness
MILITARY chiefs in Dorset are backing a campaign which aims to end the stigma of mental illness.
Bovington Army Garrison has joined the growing number of organisations committed to ending the discrimination against people with mental health problems by signing a pledge with Time to Change.
Bovington is the first army garrison unit to sign up to the pledge.
Time to Change is a programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and supported by local NHS Trust, Dorset HealthCare.
The signing ceremony took place at Allenby Barracks where representatives from the camp pledged their support to promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and welfare advice to their staff.
Major Vanessa Crossey said: “The pledge isn’t a quality mark, accreditation or endorsement.
“Organisations don’t have to pass a test or submit a lengthy application.
“What matters is that they are taking some action, that’s realistic and right for them, that they hope will lead to a reduction in discrimination either within the organisation or in the wider community.
“I believe that signing the pledge demonstrates the level of commitment and support that I have already seen from everyone involved on the garrison.
“This milestone will help us maintain momentum and will set an example to other military units.”
Director of Time to Change Sue Baker said: “It is fantastic that more and more organisations are showing their support in tackling the stigma experienced by people with mental health problems.”
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