We're Time to Change - a campaign to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face in England.
We're run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, with funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. But at heart, Time to Change is a social movement made up of hundreds of thousands of individuals and organisations across England, who are all doing their bit to change the way the nation thinks and acts when it comes to mental health.
Since we began in 2007, more than two million people have improved attitudes, and more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems. But there's still more to be done until no one has to face discrimination on the grounds of a mental health problem, and until talking about having a mental health problem becomes unremarkable and everyday.
Working with both adults and children and young people, we aim to empower people to challenge stigma and speak openly about their own mental health experiences, as well as changing the attitudes and behaviour of the public towards those of us with mental health problems.
We work with communities to challenge stigma and discrimination, and in 2015 we're developing two pilot local hubs, and working with African and Caribbean communities.
And we tackle stigma and discrimination within the systems which have a big impact on people's lives, focusing on the workplace and mental health professionals.
What we hope to achieve
This is the first project in England that aims to change behaviour, rather than just attitudes.
Our aims for 2015-16 are to:
- Improve adult public attitudes towards people with mental health problems by 2%.
- Increase the number of people with lived experience of mental health problems who are empowered to take action to challenge stigma and discrimination.
- Ensure that people with mental health problems report reduced levels of discrimination in their work place, in mental health services, and in personal relationships.
- Secure changes to policy, practice and organisational culture in order to reduce stigma and discrimination in the longer term.
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