People with experience of mental health problems are at the forefront of the movement to end mental health discrimination. They work at every level of Time to Change, as senior board members, consultants and advisors, and members of staff.
From governance and management to project delivery, here is how people with mental health problems lead Time to Change's work:
- External representatives with lived experience sit on our senior management group and the advisory board that governs our programme.
- People with experience of mental health problems sit on the panels that oversee Time to Change's work with children and young people, and our operations as a programme
- A representative with lived experience sits on every group that evaluates and advises all of the individual Time to Change projects
- A high proportion of our staff are open about their own experience of mental health issues
- Our children and young people project will work with ‘young leaders’ – young people with lived experience who will change attitudes amongst their peers
- The Time to Change grants scheme will fund projects led by people with lived experience
- 14 co-ordinators with experience of mental health problems provide a gateway for groups and individuals in their communities to link into Time to Change, and the work of others
- We will be running regular networking events where people with lived experience can share skills and resources
- People with lived experience will be carrying out 50 ‘health checks’ of organisations, to review the way they look after the mental health of their employees