October has just begun, signalling the final quarter of the year. What has 2014 meant for you?
In terms of raising awareness, I would say that 2014 has been the year of mental health issues. Led by Time To Change http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ , “England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems”,people have taken time to think and to talk about these issues.
Now it is #TimetoTalk about those whose mental health problems are linked to skin conditions. You can read all about this in the newly published report, 'Look at Me: integrated care for people with skin conditions',www.changingfaces.org.uk/show/feature/NEWS-Look-At-Me-Report-Oct-14 by Changing Faces, a charity which “supports people with disfigurements and campaigns for 'face equality' and better quality of life for patients.” The charity is calling for the dire lack of mental health care services for people with skin conditions to be addressed immediately.
Whoever you are, take time to understand and to talk about these issues. If you know healthcare professionals, bring it to their attention. Mention it to your GP, your MP and your local councillor.
It is Time to Change and to improve life for those affected by skin conditions.
"There is huge stigma attached to skin disease," said James Partridge, the charity's chief executive. "Conditions are often wrongly assumed to be contagious or associated with bad hygiene, and the visibility of skin conditions mean that people have to deal with the double whammy of the reaction of others as well as the physical symptoms such as itching and pain."