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Local projects across England tackle mental health discrimination head on

A new round of funding has today (Thursday 27 February) been awarded by Time to Change to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination across England.

Time to Change is England’s mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund. 

A further 23 projects across different communities have been given funding in the drive to improve public attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health.

As conversations dwindle campaign urges the nation to talk more

The number of us taking the time to sit and chat with someone close is dwindling, according to new research from the mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, which shows that two thirds of people (66%)1 admit they should talk to family and friends more often than they currently do.

The findings are released today - on the first ever national Time to Talk Day (6 February) which aims to spark one million conversations about mental health.

Stigma and discrimination are still rife for people with a mental health problem.

On Monday (20 January) the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be making a significant public announcement* addressing the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. On the same day, the anti-stigma programme Time to Change releases the results of its biggest ever survey of people’s experiences of stigma, to launch its latest advertising campaign.

Latest results from national study show public attitudes towards mental illness are moving in the right direction

Public attitudes and intended behaviour related to mental illness are improving but there is still more work to be done according to a new report commissioned by the anti-stigma programme Time to Change and published by the charities behind the campaign, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The research, which is funded by the Department of Health and conducted by TNS, brings together nearly two decades worth of data (1994 to 2012) looking into the adult population’s (16+) perceptions of people who experience mental health problems.


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