DWP launch short film challenging stigma of mental health

A short film challenging stigma associated with mental health has been launched by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The film is directed by Bharat Nalluri, director of TV dramas Hustle, Spooks and Life on Mars, and including a voiceover by actor Philip Glenister from Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. The film will air across national television over the coming months.

Anne McGuire, Minister for Disabled People said: "This thought provoking film encourages employers to look past any pre-conceptions they may make about disability so they do not lose out on recruiting the right candidates that will help their business to thrive."

The film is set in a busy hospital ward and asks the viewer whether they would employ someone who had mental health issues. It then reveals that Florence Nightingale had a history of mental illness, but despite this made a phenomenal contribution to British medicine.

The film is part of the DWP’s Employ ability campaign, which is being rolled out with regional roadshows- the activities include workshops, networking breakfasts,. And information packs for employers, and local and national advertising


Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link


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