Hear from Champions about campaigning tips, challenges and their experiences of tackling mental health related stigma and discrimination in communities. We are as powerful as the personal stories we tell!

** TRIGGER WARNING** Champions share some of their own lived experience during the podcasts and some content may be triggering for listeners. If you feel uncomfortable with anything you hear then please stop listening or watching if it is a video. 

Support, advice and information is available.

Episode 17 - 5 February 2020

What's happening for Time to Talk Day 2020? What will you do with your Chatterbox? Hear how you can create and download your own materials and utilise the Community Activity Pack to engage people in conversation. Choose Talk. Change Lives. Together we'll end mental health stigma.

Our special guest in the studio is Trina Whittaker BEM.

Episode 16 - 9 December 2019

Have you ordered your Chatterbox for Time to Talk Day 2020? Scott from Time to Change Somerset has. Hear how he got involved at the core of his local hub, the Champions Fund and plans for his next series of events on 6 February 2020.

Episode 15: 10 October 2019

A World Mental Health Day special with Dan Poole, Estelle Alais and Jon Salmon. They focus on suicide prevention and why it's important to tackle stigma, provide support and use lived experience in campaigning. 

Talk It Out  involves Jon and Steve Loft (from episode 6) Champions with Time to Change Waltham Forest. Dan Poole features in Chris Sayers Someone You Loved.**TRIGGER WARNING**

Episode 14: 13 September 2019

The Champions of Time to Change Podcast has produced a tribute to celebrate the inspirational Time to Change Champion; Oz Osborne who died last August.

Time to Change Champion Will Randle, Nick Little from The Outsiders, Louise Palmer from Mind and Richard Evans join Keith Winestein and Miriam Carr to share their anecdotes and lovely stories about Oz; his life and work. Also news on a new Champions Storybook!

Episode 13: 14 July 2019

Liz Andrews, a Hub Co-ordinator from Time to Change Bristol talks about how getting involved in tackling stigma and discrimination has changed her life. Nigel Moyes from Suffolk shares some personal reflections about Oz Osborne, who after a short physical illness, died in August 2018. Nigel attended the Oz Celebration at the Forum, Norwich.

Episode 12: 14 June 2019

Tanya Mason talks about engaging Children and Young People in Time to Change, includes contributions from Chris and Steve on what Time to Change County Durham is doing across the region.

Berni, a Champion  from Time to Change Leeds, creatively uses poetry to share her lived experience of mental health problems in her campaigning. 

Episode 11: 29 May 2019

We hear from Georgia, Jack, Luke and Sammy who discuss Body Image with Nicola and Keith during Mental Health Awareness Week. They share how lived experience be used to campaign against stigma associated with this complex mental health problem. 

Episode 10: 14 May 2019

Hear from Yusuf Patel, Senior Community Leadership Officer, about what is available to Champions living or working in a Time to Change local hub area and how your hub can support you to organise your own anti-stigma and discrimination activities. 

Episode 9: 17 April 2019

Bobby Temps, a Time to Change Champion talks about Mental: The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health and his core involvement in Time to Change Birmingham and campaigning on Time to Talk Day. 

Episode 8: 5 February 2019

Keith recently went to the North East for a special Champions Campaign event hosted by Time to Change County Durham. He met Rosie, Nicky, Chris and Angela Slater.

Episode 7: 17 Jan 2019

Chris Kilvington comes in for a cuppa and chat with Miriam and Keith. They are keen to find out more about 'Social Marketing'; what is it; what does it do for the campaign; and how can Champions get free stuff Chris' team produces? 

Keith asks about the nationwide campaigns: Be In Your Mates CornerAsk Twice and The Stand Up Kid. Also what to look out for this Time to Talk Day on Thursday 7 February 2019.

Episode 6: 31 July 2018

A  special episode (recorded as 'live') featuring seasoned Champions Nikki, Steve, Dee Dee and Robert with Chrystalla, London Communities Equalities Coordinator who popped into the studio for a cuppa, cake and chat with Miriam and Keith.

We hear that Champions are involved in all sorts of amazing projects at the heart of the campaign. This includes the national Hubs initiative and the Champions Fund.

Episode 5: 17 July 2018

Lots of Champion activities took place during Mental Health Awareness Week in May so Keith went along to a lively event at Queen Mary’s University in East London. He met lots of Champions, some talking to the public for the first time about their own mental health problems.

Guests include: Sandeep Saib, Verity Nevitt, Mervelee Myers, Ragavi Raja, Sophie Horrocks, Nathalie Friel and Sylvie Rouhani.

Miriam does her own ‘Chatter Box’ explaining her involvement in the Champions of Time to Change Podcast.

Volunteers’ Week in June gave us a chance to say a massive THANK YOU for the fantastic contribution thousands of Champions giving their time in so many different ways.

Episode 4: 3 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on Stress and takes place from 14 – 20 May.

Keith introduces 'Chatter Box' a play on ‘getting on your soapbox’ to look at the person behind the Champion.

Guests include seasoned campaigner Amy Rose and Henry Chapman who is considering becoming a Champion.

Lots of news including results of a survey to determine the name of the podcast, the upcoming changes to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Ford Motors Elephant in the Transit Van and looking forward to Volunteers Week in June.

Episode 3: 4 April 2018

Keith chats with Oz Osborne who is one of the brains behind the Time to Change Village and SoMe. Both of these concepts have been used by Champions to hold conversations with members of the public about mental health stigma and discrimination.

Oz (who has 'Champion' running through his core like a stick of Blackpool rock) talks about his 12th Man (Football) and Rear View Mirror (Barber Shops), two new initiatives to get conversations started with men, developed by The Outsiders.

Episode 2: 19 March 2018

Miriam and Keith share what they got up to on Time to Talk Day 2018 in London and Southampton. They also review what Champions got up to across the UK. 

Miriam explores with Angela Etherington what it means to her to be a Champion and what her work at Time to Change involves as Communities Equalities Coordinator for the South East.

Episode 1: 17 January 2018

The podcast introduces your host presenters. Miriam explores the role of a Champion and Keith interviews Time to Change Champion and producer of Men Talk Health Podcast, Davey Shields. With Time to Talk Day coming, Miriam shares the latest news. We also hear what Champions are doing in the Brighton area by LGBT writer Craig Hanlon Smith and a new musical by Kat Lee Ryan.


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The Champions Podcast is a Heavy Entertainment production for Time to Change. 

With thanks to:

David Roper, Dan Vo, Bill Best, Davey Shields, Damian Friel, Scott Waple, Jim Corbin, Andrew Keates, Wendy Gibson and Jay Sykes.

Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund using national lottery funding.






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