On Wednesday 20th March, Recovery workers Jeni & Shante finished the day off with a kindness workshop delivered a group of time to change champions. Time to change is a national campaign delivering messages aimed at improving understanding and respect for people living with a mental ill health. They do this through running events and by supporting communities, workplaces and schools to take action to end negative attitudes and behaviour towards anyone experiencing difficulties with their mental health. As Life Links are the Time to change Leicester’s hub co-ordinator, it was essential that we took the time to encourage our local champions to embrace kindness for themselves and to others around them.
During the workshop we engaged in discussions about the ways in which we are kind to others and ourselves. Examples such as engaging in self-care activities and helping out a person in need were repeatedly referenced. The champions were able to give a number of examples of their personal acts of kindness which were great to hear! The attendees expressed their enjoyment of learning particular tools that we can use to be more self-compassionate.
A Time to change champion named Cat said: “I really enjoyed the workshop and I’m glad I learnt about the compassionate letter tool. I’ll definitely try this”. We are glad that the workshop was effective and that we have hopefully equipped our local time to change champions with more tools that they can use to look after themselves as well as utilise for the cause of ending mental health stigma!
Thanks to everyone who took part!