Why did other young people start campaigning?

I wanted to get a bigger understanding of mental health and how it affects people. I wanted to be part of something that has an impact on others to make a difference.” 

Tom

“I don’t want people to feel like I did that no one was there for me and that I couldn't talk to anyone. I want to make others aware that they will always have someone there for them.”

Chloe

 

Start a campaign in your school or community

Whether you are based in a school, or a voluntary or community setting, running a campaign can make a huge difference. You could create a young leaders group of like-minded young people who want to challenge stigma and discrimination. You might like to follow these steps:

  • Contact a teacher/youth professional and get permission to set up your group
  • Do a shout out in an assembly/on the extranet to get other students to join
  • Host your first meeting to get everyone together
  • Start planning your campaign with our template (insert link)
  • Get the campaign going!

Activities you could do include tea mornings, cake sales, notice boards with pledges, activities with other students or running assemblies. We have a range of guides with activities to help you get started:

 

Resources for you

We have a resources hub where you can make your own materials or you can download our ready-made materials such as posters, leaflets, social media content and more.

Create your resources.

Anything that gets people to see Time to Change as a part of everyday life will help to normalise people’s attitudes towards talking about mental health. Here are some other resources you can use:

Other ideas for campaigning

Whether you’ve got a few minutes, an hour, a day or a week, we’ve got ideas for you to run activities or just have a chat with someone about mental health.

 

What have other young campaigners done?

Quotation from a young campaigner, Sophie

“I established a ‘Student Well-being Association’ to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma surrounding them, and working to improve the emotional wellbeing of students.

We were deeply pleased and surprised by the number of people sharing a similar passion for mental health awareness, as well as the number of people who have been affected by mental illness in some way.

Throughout the year, we have utilised Time to Change resources and have encouraged students to read them at our events, and in turn become more educated.

On Time to Talk Day, we ran a talking workshop amongst Sixth Form students, providing an opportunity to discuss views about mental illness and creating large pieces of card answering five key questions about mental health, as well as creating tips about how to reduce stigma.

The work I have done at school has helped me gradually accept my problems and seek help without shame or fear of appearing ‘weak’ or a failure.”

 

Support the In Your Corner campaign

Our campaign focuses on being in a mate’s corner

The more shares, views, comments, likes and conversations you create, the more people will know how to be there for their mates. You can also let your friends know you’re in their corner.

Has someone been in your corner? We'd love to have your story as a blog or video - share your experience

 

Share what you are doing

We want to hear about the brilliant campaigning you are doing. Check out our change makers page and add photos and stories of what you’ve been up to. Thank you for all that you are doing to ensure no one with a mental health problem feels isolated or ashamed anymore.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Join the conversation now. Share our graphics and tell us about your experiences of mental health stigma.

 

Worried about someone or yourself?

Find out where to get support here.