Today 18 areas across England have been awarded Time to Change Hub status to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in their communities.

Typically made up of local authorities, representatives from health and wellbeing boards, CCGs, blue light services, local employers and the voluntary sector, the Hubs also include local people (Champions) with their own personal experience of mental health problems.

Eight of the Hubs have received funding from the central Time to Change campaign, which is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The funding includes a £15,000 start-up budget along with £10,000 for a Champions Fund where local Time to Change Champions can bid for funding to run stigma busting events and activities within their area. The other 10 hubs will receive light touch support to extend the network even further.

Jo Loughran, Director at Time to Change, said: “When 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year and suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under the age of 40, it’s vital that we come together to end mental health stigma.

“Our network of Time to Change Hubs are able to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in their community. Using insight from the national Time to Change campaign, they tailor it using their local knowledge and experience to ensure that the message resonates with the people and workplaces in their area.”

The announcement of these new Hubs is part of the campaign’s three year plan to establish a network of Hubs across England to provide a focus for local campaigning work. There are currently over 40 Hubs in England. In order to be named a Time to Change Hub, local partnerships had to demonstrate their commitment to:

  • Embedding anti-stigma and discrimination work in their own organisations
  • Campaigning for change in their communities
  • Putting people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work

Since their initial launch, Time to Change regional Hubs have successfully campaigned to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Their work has ranged from joining forces to stop a stigmatising theatre performance touring the country to supporting Time to Talk Day, running events and delivering PR campaigns aimed at improving understanding and respect for people living with a mental health problem.

 

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Notes to Editor:

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding by the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund using funding from the National Lottery. Our campaign is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined us to make change happen.

For more information go to: www.time-to-change.org.uk

For more information on Time to Change Hubs visit: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/local-hubs.

The 2019 Hubs include:

  • Birmingham
  • Cannock Chase
  • County Durham
  • Doncaster
  • East Essex
  • Halton
  • Islington
  • Kingston
  • Lancashire
  • Leicester
  • Medway
  • North Yorkshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Somerset
  • Southampton & Portsmouth
  • Sunderland
  • Swindon
  • West Essex