Mental Health Friendly
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Having a mental health problem, despite the enormous challenges this often entails for the sufferer and their partners, friends and family, are more often than not still extremely capable of developing their English skills.
Such people may benefit enormously from simply participating in an English study programme and the skills they develop there will open up new social, cultural, academic, and career opportunities. Participating in work and lifelong learning projects like studying English is proven to help increase greater participation in society from people suffering from mental health problems, lead to better health outcomes for such persons, and reduce the costs of mental health for society as a whole.
Unfortunately, there exist many barriers for people suffering/recovering from mental health difficulties, the most devastating of which are lack of resources and social stigma. Mental Health Friendly is an initiative launched by two Barcelona based teachers, in conjunction with the Patients and Carers association here in Barcelona and the support of key institutions like Oxford House, British Council Barcelona, and Macmillan Publishers (amongst others) to tackle all the various barriers that a person suffering/recovering from serious mental health problems might encounter if they should wish to develop their English skills.