Champions use their own experiences of mental health problems to change how we all think and act about mental health.
Research shows the best way to change attitudes is through conversation. When we share our experiences of mental health problems, we can change attitudes and behaviours.
What do Champions do?
Being a Champion is a flexible and voluntary commitment. You only need to do what you feel comfortable doing and have time for. You don't need to be an expert on mental health or have knowledge of different mental health conditions.
Every Champion does different things to help people around them to understand and learn about mental illness.
Some of the things you could do as a Champion include:
- Having conversations - talking about mental health and your own experience - whether that's with your mum, a mate or the postman!
- Speaking up - challenging false or damaging stereotypes about mental illness
- Sharing your story - talk about your experiences on social media
- Forming campaigning groups - join together with other Champions to campaign against stigma
- Running an activity - organise activities in your community
- Shaping our work - influence the work of Time to Change
Why be a Champion?
- Be at the heart of our campaign to change people's attitudes towards mental illness
- Build skills and experience in public speaking, planning activities and campaigning on social media
- Meet and campaign alongside like-minded people in your community
- Access free training to support you in speaking out and making a difference
"My Champion journey has been an amazing one and it has been incredibly cathartic. I have grown in confidence with each activity we hold."
Elisse, Time to Change Champion
Got any questions? Don't hesitate to email us. We'd also love to hear about your experiences of and ideas for challenging stigma.