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Let's end mental health discrimination in Cumbria

The attitudes of others stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.

Together, we want everyone to open up to mental health; to talk and to listen.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

Sign up to become at Time to Change Champions today!

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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.

Our aims are to:

  • Improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
  • Reduce the amount of discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives and at work.
  • Make sure even more people with mental health problems can take action to challenge stigma and discrimination in their communities, in workplaces, in schools and online.
  • Create a sustainable campaign that will continue long into the future.
  • Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Our campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined us to make change happen.

Since Time to Change began in 2007, 3.4 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 8.3% between 2008 and 2014. And more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems. Find out more about the impact we’re making.

But we’ve still got a long way to go – too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.

We know it can be difficult to talk about mental health problems. That’s why we support communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems, to talk and to listen.

With the right support from those around them, people can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life.

Time to Change Champions Fund Round 2 Now Open

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

The second round of applications for the awards will open from 16th April 2018 until 7th September 2018.

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

  • Be 18 or over
  • Live in Cumbria
  • 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.

Sara, a member of the Carlisle Champions Campaign Group, says: “Time to Change has given me a platform, a voice and a confidence to stand up and speak openly about my personal experiences.

Sharing my story has inspired other people close to me and in my social networks. I feel I am making a difference in my everyday life by talking more openly about mental health to my friends and family and in turn, it is now ingrained in our everyday conversations."

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

Application form and guidance notes are downloadable at the bottom of this page.


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