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Theresa May said: ‘If you break your arm … people will come up and talk to you about it. If you have a mental health problem people are more likely to try to avoid you.’

Theresa May has spoken about the government’s plans to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, with a focus on social efforts in workplaces and schools rather than extra money for services.

While laying out her vision for a “shared society”, the prime minister talked about improving the support available for people with mental health problems. She said: “Money is going into mental health, but it is always wrong for people to assume that the only answer to these issues is about funding.”

May is due to announce that Dennis Stevenson, a former HBOS chairman and a mental health campaigner, will lead a review alongside Paul Farmer, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind. They will look at how people with mental health problems can be better supported in the workplace.

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[Source:-The Guardian]