Mental Health Awareness Week - Friday

To conclude our coverage on Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re going to take a look at “Time to Change”, and the aim of to addressing mental health discrimination.

Mental health problems are still treated as a taboo subject, and despite one in four people suffering from a mental health issue in their lives there is still a stigma attached to the area. Time to Change wants to end mental health discrimination.

A growing social movement, Time to Change set out to challenge how people think and act about mental health. Too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem and that needs to change.

To do this, they work with schools, communities, in work places and on social media and since Time to Change started in 2007, they have reached millions of people across the country. Between 2008 and 2016, their surveys have suggested there has been nearly a 10% positive change in attitudes towards mental health, which is an estimated 4.1m people!

The Time to Change website is full of ways that you and your club can help to tackle mental health discrimination. No matter how much time you can dedicate to it, or where you want to make an impact, there are suggestions to help you promote change and create a positive environment for discussing and improving mental health.

"One conversation about mental health has the power to change somebody’s whole life. I used to dread talking about mental health, but now I feel a passion driven desire to talk about it whenever and wherever I can,” says Nicole, who now campaigns as part of Time to Change. You can make the same difference for someone you know, someone you play basketball with, or someone in your daily life, simply from talking, listening and having a conversation about mental health.

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