Today, Time to Change Worcestershire is launching its Champions Fund – a £10,000 pot of money to help residents with personal experience challenge mental health stigma where they live.
Each applicant must be a registered Time to Change Champion and can apply for up to £500.
The funding will be used to spark conversations between people who have experienced mental health problems and those who may have not. Talking about mental health problems and sharing real life stories helps to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.
Activities can range from stalls in shopping centres or festivals to free haircuts by bantering barbers to walk and talk dog walks.
Dr Frances Howie. Director of Public Health said: “This is a great opportunity for residents who have experienced mental health problems to share their story and encourage people to talk more openly about mental health.
“When we talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours and our campaign is proving that it is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.”
The funding is made available through Time to Change, a social movement run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.
Time to Change Worcestershire was successful in its bid to become a Time to Change hub in March 2018 and is made up of Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Board, Worcestershire County Council, Community First, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, The University of Worcester, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, West Mercia Police, Redditch and Bromsgrove District Councils, Unison, and local champions.
Time to Change hubs are local partnerships which demonstrate their commitment to:
- Putting people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work
- Embedding anti-stigma and discrimination work locally, whether that be local schools, workplaces or other community settings
- Proactively campaigning to improve people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.
To apply for funding applicants need to be registered Time to Change champions, be at least 18 years old, have lived experience of a mental health problem and live in Worcestershire.
The deadline to apply is Monday 13th August and the applications will be assessed by Monday 20th August 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by Monday 27th August 2018.
Visit the Time to Change Worcestershire website for further updates including details about champions fund information sessions. http://www.comfirst.org.uk/worcestershire_time_to_change1
For further questions about the funding or Time to Change Worcestershire, email the Time to Change Worcestershire Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register as a Time to Change champion visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved
To apply for the Champions Fund visit: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-change-champions/champions-fund/apply