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Time to Change Champions fund opens

Posted Friday, 13 October 2017, 4.11pm

Funds available for local Champions to help change how we think and act about mental health

Time to Change Cumbria is offering awards of up to £500 to fund activities to help put an end to mental health stigma and discrimination. Time to Change Cumbria was launched in March as one of the first Time to Change regional hubs - partnerships of local organisations and mental health champions committed to changing local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

The first round of applications for the awards will open from World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October 2017) until Thursday 30 November 2017.

To be eligible, applicants must have signed up to become a Time to Change Cumbria Champion and

  • Be 18 or over;
  • Live in Cumbria and
  • Have lived experience of a mental health problem

Time to Change Cumbria Champions are part of a nationwide social movement of people who use their own experience of mental health problems to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. They do this in a number of ways including running activities and events where they speak about their own experience to break down barriers and encourage mutual understanding and respect.

Abbie, a Champion for the national Time to Change campaign, says: “It was ingrained into me from a young age that depression didn’t really exist and if it did it was only adults who had a bad life who got it. And it was a weakness if they had it. These misconceptions had an effect on me when I was suffering as they prevented me from getting help. It made me realise that I needed to do something to stop others from thinking and feeling the same way, and that’s why I started campaigning with Time to Change.”

Click here to find out more about becoming a Time to Change Cumbria Champion or for how to apply for an award, visit:

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