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.”
“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.”
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:
- Time to Change Campaign Toolkit
- Leadership and Campaigning Guide (we have a limited number of FREE hard copies – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Social Contact Event Toolkit
Resources for you
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:
- Conversation Starter Game
- Conversation Bingo
- Top tip cards
- Send an e-card
- Mental Health Quiz – Myth v. Fact
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?
“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.
Worried about someone or yourself?
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