SCHOOL AIMS TO END MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA
Pleckgate High School were the recipients of a short information session on Time to Change, where 600 of the students learnt about ending mental health discrimination.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE OUR ATTITUDES TO MENTAL HEALTH
One Voice Blackburn are working with Lancashire Mind and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to eradicate mental health discrimination by working with the South Asian heritage community in Blackburn and Darwen.
“Mental health doesn’t discriminate, I could affect any of us. You never know what’s going on in someone’s mind, but together we can make it acceptable for people to talk about it.”
“Mental health is a prominent issue. However, people in the South Asian community turn a blind eye towards it. Those in the South Asian community who experience mental health are not given the right care that they should. We should all be more aware and not hold this stigma.”
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.
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.
Blackburn with Darwen Time to Change Hub supported by Lancashire Mind in partnership with One Voice Blackburn funded by Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council is one of them.
One Voice Blackburn will be carrying out a host of activities in the local BME community.
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.
Register to become a champion: firstname.lastname@example.org
To support champion activity a champions fund will run in 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.
Blackburn with Darwen grant applications will open in November 2017, with activity to take place in February 2018.
Events and Campaigns
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.