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

Mark

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.

Casie

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.

Jo

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.

Sarah

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.

Charles

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!

Lucy

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.

Sophie

Fight for Freedom

I have written a book (Fight for Freedom) which, when published, will hopefully help to reduce the stigma of and raise awareness about mental health and, in particular, eating disorders.

Rose Anne

Lucy's "It REALLY couldn't happen to a nicer... Child" article

Lucy

I delivered my testimony in a Time to Change assembly in front of Year 9 boys. Having had a miserable time at school, especially at the hands of similar aged boys this felt like a real, tangible fear to conquer and I was very nervous. I enjoyed the delivery and I was proud to be able to 'rent' my story to the cause, I was also chuffed to overcome a fear.

Katie

Garrick campaigning

I became involved in the Time to Change campaign within the last two years. I am particularly interested in raising awareness for black and racial minorities, i.e. people from African-Caribbean backgrounds, as mental health problems are high among people of African heritage.

Garrick

I delivered my testimony at the Wolverhampton Head Start event. The response from people surprised me, I never thought people would feel so touched by my testimony. I felt quite powerful afterwards, as though I was and am able to make a difference.

Nicole