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Operation Anti- Stigma Failing as Mental Health Discrimination Rises

29/08/2014 13:49 BST | Updated 28/10/2014 09:59 GMT

Over the past ten years we have seen a huge rise in a stigma against mental health.

Some have even described feeling criminalised with in their community and even worse stigmatised by staff with in the NHS itself.

This week is no exception when Principal Christian Cundy from NSW sent a newsletter out calling for parents to look out for mentally ill children describing them as "morons", "Village idiots" and called it "operation nutcase".

Parents and disability groups around the world have been infuriated by the principal's comments.

With a complaint already been made to the Department of Education about his appalling actions.

The shock was shared with Twitter and Facebook users calling it "a complete disgrace" and calling for him to lose his job or quit.

Principal Christian Cundy was persuaded to not just apologise but also persuaded to receive counselling.

This shocking story is not one of a kind sadly with more around the world of this nature.

Another example of stigma came from the United Kingdom Independence Party, Ukip who mocked mental health by calling it "psychobabble" and went on to say "Keeping lefties in jobs" and although Nigel Farage condemned these comments, many argue that comments like that should not come from any main party.

Even after a Ukip apology should their be further steps on place to punish a political party like that.

Miley Cryrus was the most memorable at stigmatising mental health back in 2013, where she got into a argument with Sinead O'Connor, where she mocked Sinead's past mental health problems by tweeting Sinead comments on twitter, when she was unwell.

Sinead showed true class with her response ""In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help"

The very public breakdown of Amanda Bynes, a lovely talented actress who was taunted and bullied by twitter flowers when she was suffering mental illness.

Britney Spears also suffered stigma against her when she was sectioned.

It's not all bad news, with celebrities such as Lily Allen and Stephan Fry among the brave, courageous and driven people battling stigma by telling their own story's.

If it's in schools or in the celebrity world stigma should not be ok, it leaves the mentally ill feeling alone and bullied in a moment of need.

Politicians are making strides in Britain and seem to be making slow but moving progress on this issue.

Nick Clegg and his liberal democrat colleagues are taking credit for this movement but is somewhat fair.

Although the other political party's are starting to listen carefully, so their Health section of their manifesto is right for mental health.

The slamming down on stigma, if it's in Politics, Education, Celebrity or any other sector that shows stigma towards mental health around the world.

It seems their is a shinning light that leads to a brighter future for mental health by tackling stigma, improving information and protecting the most vulnerable in society.