Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. It’s led by Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with Mind, because it's an issue that has such a big impact on the lives of our supporters and members.
Speaking openly about mental health is a vital element in changing the way we all think and act about mental health. Since 2009, Time to Change campaign bursts have inspired thousands of conversations, shared peoples’ stories, and shown practical ways to be in other people’s corners – whether they’re a friend, family member or colleague. It speaks to adults and the next generation of young people coming through school. An annual Time to Talk Day, in February, also gives individuals, organisations and schools the chance to get the nation talking about mental health.
Research has shown a step-change in the way mental health is viewed and talked about in England. 4 million people have changed their attitudes and behaviours towards those of us with mental health problems, and there’s now a powerful, confident social movement of active Time to Change champions and campaign supporters.
To drive even greater levels of attitude and behaviour change, the campaign is now reaching out to people who are less likely to acknowledge their link to mental health problems – with the spotlight on men as a primary audience. We are continuing to work with children and young people, teachers and schools. Plus, we have a handful of regional hubs that are tackling anti-mental health stigma and discrimination on a local, sustainable level.
“When we got together we didn't talk about the illness. We did normal, regular things... It was a little anchor point in the chaos that was going on - a little pocket of normality which was exactly what I needed at the time.” - Tim
Tim and Matt are Time to Change volunteers who added their voice to the Time to Change movement. You can play your part too – there are lots of ways to get involved and share with others.
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