Katie Stone, Local Time to Change Champion:
“It’s great that Leicester has become a Time to Change hub. Through the Time to Change campaign, I have been able to deliver a series of Writing for Mental Health workshops, which are designed to help people manage their own mental health. Being able to share the therapeutic benefits of writing with others is a huge passion of mine.”
Jo Loughran, Director at Time to Change:
“When one in four of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year and suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 40, it’s vital that we join 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.”
Time to Change, the national campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, launched the first regional hubs in March 2017. The announcement of eight further funded hubs, including Leicester, 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.
Each funded hub is provided with a £15,000 start-up budget along with £10,000 for a champions fund, where local champions can bid for funding to run stigma-busting events and activities within their area.
Since their initial launch, Time to Change hubs have successfully campaigned to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Their work has ranged from stopping a stigmatising theatre show ‘Psycho Asylum’ from touring the country to supporting Time to Talk Day (7 February 2019), running events and delivering campaigns aimed at improving understanding and respect for people living with a mental health problem.