For many years Time to Change has shared learning, materials and methodologies with other countries to encourage the adoption of mental health anti-stigma and discrimination campaigns. It has also co-founded a global peer learning network. (*)
In April 2018 we launched a new, two year global programme to support work to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in other Commonwealth countries, particularly focused on working in partnership with people with lived experience and local organisations in low and lower middle income countries.
It is being made possible with a £1million grant from the Department for International Development linked to the UK chairing the Commonwealth for this period. The aim is to work in partnership with other countries via:
- Peer training to develop anti-stigma campaigning skills for people with personal experience of mental health problems in 15 countries
- Training for campaign co-ordinators in 15 countries, including how to run effective social contact events (adapted to local culture)
- Two anti-stigma pilot campaigns in an African and an Asian country where we can support local organisations and champions to deliver positive public attitude and behaviour change across a town, city or region.
- An annual Global Anti-Stigma Summit
- Webinars, an on-line forum, website resources and e-bulletins to share learning
- A Global Anti-Stigma Toolkit
(*) Time to Change is also a member of the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance (GASA) which was founded in 2012 to share learning, best practice, materials, and latest evidence to achieve better outcomes for people facing stigma and discrimination related to mental health issues.