Whether you are based in a school, or a voluntary or community setting, running a campaign can make a huge difference. You could create a young leaders group of like-minded young people who want to challenge stigma and discrimination. You might like to follow these steps:
- Contact a teacher/youth professional and get permission to set up your group
- Do a shout out in an assembly/on the extranet to get other students to join
- Host your first meeting to get everyone together
- Start planning your campaign with our template (insert link)
- Get the campaign going!
Activities you could do include tea mornings, cake sales, notice boards with pledges, activities with other students or running assemblies.
Tools for starting a campaign group
We have a range of guides with activities to help you get started:
- Time to Change Campaign Toolkit
- Leadership and Campaigning Guide (we have a limited number of FREE hard copies – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Social Contact Event Toolkit
Anything that gets people to see Time to Change as a part of everyday life will help to normalise people’s attitudes towards talking about mental health. Here are some other resources you can use:
The work I have done at school has helped me gradually accept my problems and seek help without shame or fear of appearing ‘weak’ or a failure.”
“I established a ‘Student Well-being Association’ to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma surrounding them, and working to improve the emotional wellbeing of students.
We were deeply pleased and surprised by the number of people sharing a similar passion for mental health awareness, as well as the number of people who have been affected by mental illness in some way.
Throughout the year, we have utilised Time to Change resources and have encouraged students to read them at our events, and in turn become more educated.
On Time to Talk Day, we ran a talking workshop amongst Sixth Form students, providing an opportunity to discuss views about mental illness and creating large pieces of card answering five key questions about mental health, as well as creating tips about how to reduce stigma."