Real life stories of mental health prejudice and people’s experiences of mental illness are vital for the Time to Change campaign.

It’s only through speaking out about stigma and discrimination that we can make others aware of the real challenges faced by people with mental health problems.

We are always looking for people tell their story in the media.  And we continue to support the hundreds of people who have signed up as media volunteers since the campaign began.

What's it like to be a media volunteer?

Find out more about our media volunteers, Katharine Welby, Erik and Nina.

Here is one of our media volunteers, Katharine Welby talking on BBC Breakfast about her experiences of depression.

This is just one example of how our media volunteers share their story with the media - media volunteers also do radio interviews and interviews for newspapers or magazines over the phone. Sometimes people prefer to only do interviews over the phone and away from microphones. 

ErikWhen I started to feel a little better I was eager to get involved and I was happy to be given the opportunity to do so, first through a newspaper interview with the Mirror and later through the social experiment and film ‘Don't get me wrong’ which Time to Change made to document my experiences. – Erik

NinaI’ve been aware of mental health discrimination all my life and it’s something I feel very strongly about. I thought becoming a Time to Change media volunteer would be a great way to help change people’s attitudes towards mental illness. Mental health discrimination remains one of the few prejudices that seem to be ‘acceptable’ in the media and in society, and for this reason I thought Time to Change was too important not to help! – Nina

If you're interested in finding out more about becoming a media volunteer please email Bryony Acketts, Media Officer:​