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.

 

If you'd like to join the movement, register to become a Champion, or if you have any questions you can email champions@time-to-change.org.uk

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.

 

Click here for some more ideas

Organise your own social contact event

If you're supported by an organisation or able to find funding, you could organise an event to take the movement into your community.

 

You can help people tell their stories to change attitudes at events using 'social contact'. To take a look at the social contact event toolkit, click here

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.

 

Take a look at the social media e-learning module for more ideas

 

Still got questions?

If you've still got questions then don't hesitate to get in touch. We'd also love to share your experiences of and ideas for challenging stigma.  Email champions@time-to-change.org.uk.

 

Ready to sign up? - Register to become a Champion here.