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Yesterday, despite being a Time to Change Champion for the past year, I did my first Anti-Stigma talk to around 40 members of the local police force. And it went really well. After completing the talk, some of the officers complimented me on what I’d spoken about which was really amazing. A few years ago, talking about my mental health, what happened with work places and highlighting the discrimination I faced, was something I would never have done. I’m hoping that sharing my story will help others, especially some of those guys in the police who are so brave and see all sorts of things.


We are time to change Manchester. We did a stand at the Zion centre on the 13th Oct of mental health


I spoke to my friends about being a young champion and about mental health stigma and discrimination and how we can combat it. They responded really positively and offered to help in hosting mental health awareness events.


Brian at the dog walking session

We had a dog walk in Christchurch park in Ipswich where people with pets were able to make a difference and address the stigma of mental health problems and what goes with it.

Brian and Paula

Supporting colleagues: At my place of work, we have introduced a Mental Health Working Party with colleagues from each business area and 50 Mental Health & Wellbeing Champions to end mental health discrimination.


I work in the Construction Industry and trained to be an MHFA. I do talks to all of the guys on site about Mental Health and how we can help each other, whilst supporting those on a 1 to 1 if needed.


Using Music To Talk: I am a rapper/producer from South London with experience of mental health issues - mainly depression and addiction. I recently released a single about what depression feels like.


I shared my story to a group of young police cadets. The session was challenging as some were not very receptive, but this made it more rewarding as it shows the work that still needs to be done!


I called my tutor out on his inappropriate and hurtful use of stigmatising language. Whilst his response was not overly positive at first, the feeling of being able to speak openly about why somebody's choice of language is wrong was very empowering and has made me increasingly confident in doing so in the future.