Time to Change Champions are a movement of people across the country who use their own experience of mental health problems to change the way we all think and act about mental health.
Being a Time to Change Champion is above all about safely living the values that we would like to see change in society, including trying to be more honest about how we feel, sharing our experiences to help people open up to mental health, and speaking up when stereotypes or misinformation are used. As Champions we also challenge stigma proactively in our communities by running activities and events, mainly in groups but sometimes as individuals, where we speak about our own experience and pass on knowledge and expertise to other Champions to grow the social movement.
Run your own activity
A great way to help people in your community to open up to mental health is to run your own Time to Change activity. This can be anything from running a coffee morning, to starting conversations in cafes, to speaking to people in your workplace or university for World Mental Health Day or Time to Talk Day.
Be a Champion Every Day
In your own life and in your own community, you can spot opportunities to challenge mental health stigma. You can speak up when people use negative language or stereotypes about mental health, be honest about how you're feeling and about your experience of mental health problems.
Organise your own social contact event
Speak out on social media
Speaking out on social media can really help people to understand your experience of living with a mental health problem. This could be sharing your story with your friends and family, challenging companies, writing a blog or vlog or taking part in big campaigns.