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QPR footballer Samba Diakite reportedly absent with depression

Responding to reports that QPR midfielder Samba Diakite has been granted leave of absence while he deals with depression, Director of Time to Change (the anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) Sue Baker says:

“If Samba Diakite is experiencing depression as the reports say, then it is hugely encouraging to see a Premier League player with mental health problems being supported by his club – it shows how much the world of football has changed over recent years in its response to mental health. 

Pop-up mental health village at Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Making an appearance at this year’s multi-cultural Leicester Caribbean Carnival was a ‘pop-up village’ with a difference thanks to Time to Change, England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Visitors were treated to the usual eclectic mix of street performers, music and floats, as well as the Time to Change Village, which was staffed by volunteers with mental health problems including some from the Caribbean community.

Cash injection for innovative projects to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination

A singing sensation, story-telling performances, an interactive game, and the live broadcast of personal stories about mental health problems amongst refugees are just some of the ways that local communities will be tackling mental health stigma discrimination after receiving funding totalling £533,600 from the national Time to Change programme.

Following on from the recent landmarks in mental health anti-stigma campaigning - when four MPs disclosed their mental illness in Parliament and the bold Channel 4 season ‘4 Goes Mad’ - a wide range of creative approaches will now be rolled


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