What is Time to Change?
Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. The attitudes of others can stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Time to Change is here to change that. Together we want everyone to open up to mental health; to talk and to listen.
Over the past 10 years Time to Change has worked nationally with schools, employers, the media and communities to help improve the attitudes and behaviours of millions. But we’ve still got a way to go; too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.
For more information and to access a wealth of resources visit the Time to Change website.
Ten Years of Time to Change
What’s happening in Lancashire?
There are currently two Time to Change Hubs in Lancashire which aim to boost Time to Change activity by working with people with lived experience of mental health problems and wider partners.
A Blackpool Time to Change Hub supported by Lancashire Mind funded by Blackpool Council.
Blackburn with Darwen Time to Change Hub supported by Lancashire Mind in partnership with One Voice funded by Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council.
Both hubs will be carrying out a range of local activities.
Developing Time to Change Champions
Time to Change Champions are people with lived experience who are happy to talk about mental health in their day-to-day lives – whether that’s to their friends and family members or as part of a Champion’s Campaigning Group who organise public events to engage people in conversations around mental health.
We want to grow the number of Time to Change champions in Lancashire and will be recruiting, training and supporting champions to engage with Lancashire communities. Being a Time to Change Champion is above all about safely living the values that we would like to see change in society.
Connect into champions’ activities by getting in touch with your local champions’ contact:
- Blackpool Hub, Jane Grantham, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blackburn with Darwen Hub, Paul Smalley, email@example.com
To support champion activity a champions fund will run in Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. Grants of between £50-£500 will be available to deliver social contact activities to contribute towards ending mental health discrimination in Blackpool or Blackburn with Darwen.
Blackpool winter grant applications will be open from November, with activity to take place January to March 2018. Spring grants will be open from January with activity to take place April to June.
Blackburn with Darwen grant applications will open in November 2017, with activity to take place in February 2018.
Grant applications are now live!
The Blackpool Champions Fund will make awards of between £100 and £500 whilst the Blackburn with Darwen Champions Fund will make awards of between £50 and £250 to deliver social contact activities to contribute towards ending mental health discrimination in their local area.
If you live or work in Blackpool or Blackburn with Darwen and want to empower people with mental health problems to speak out, share their story and reduce stigma then we want to hear from you.
Download the relevant application form below and make sure to read the guidance pack to ensure your application gives us the information we need from you.
- Blackpool Guidance Pack
- Blackpool Application Form
- Blackburn with Darwen Guidance Pack
- Blackburn with Darwen Application Form
Send Blackpool applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on the 11th December 2017.
Send Blackburn with Darwen applications to email@example.com by 5pm on the 11th December 2017.
You will receive a reply confirming receipt of your application form. Notifications of awards will be communicated by the 5th January 2018 (and 5th April for Blackpool spring applications).
Campaigns and events
Talking about mental health is vital in breaking down stigma. Despite the progress made we know that many people still don’t consider mental health relevant to them. They don’t believe mental health problems are likely to affect them or people they know. They also don’t see how their attitudes and behaviours can influence others’ experiences of mental health problems.
That’s why we’re focusing our efforts on reaching these audiences with a focus on employers, men, children and young people and people from minority backgrounds.
Details of campaigns and upcoming events will be posted soon.
Time to Change employer pledge
Mental health is an issue in the workplace that we can’t afford to ignore:
- 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
- Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
- 95% of employees calling in sick with stress, gave a different reason
By signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge you can demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that your employees feel supported.
Are you an employer in Blackpool or Blackburn with Darwen? We can support you to develop and complete your pledge action plan to get your employees talking about mental health.
Want to get involved with what’s going on near you? Get in contact with your local Time to Change hub:
Time to Change Blackburn with Darwen
For general enquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a Time to Change Champion email: email@example.com
With thanks to our partners Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and One Voice, we are committed to ending mental health discrimination.