Champions use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health.
We need your help to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Join thousands of campaigners in workplaces, schools, communities and online who are making stigma and discrimination a thing of the past.
Become a Champion
Negative attitudes stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Time to Change Champions use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health. Last year's Champions organised the first UCLan Time to Talk Day and got students and staff talking about mental health.
What do Champions do?
Being a champion is a flexible and voluntary commitment. You can do what you have time for, and what you’re comfortable doing.
There are lots of ways to be a Champion, including:
1. Having conversations about mental health with the people around you – whether that’s your mum, a mate or the postman – and talking about your experience.
2. Running a Time to Change activity in a café, train station or in your workplace.
3. Telling your story online or in the media.
4. Speaking up when people say stereotypical or damaging things about mental health
“Being a Time to Change Champion has really empowered me to speak about my own diagnosis, without shame or fear. My ability and confidence in talking about my experiences with mental health have grown enormously.” – current UCLan SU Time to Change Champion
Why be a champion?
· As a champion, you will be at the heart of our campaign to change people’s attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems.
· It’s an opportunity to build skills and experience in areas like public speaking, planning events and using social media.
· You’ll get the opportunity to meet and campaign alongside like-minded people in the SU.
· You will recieve free accredited training and support when speaking out and sharing your story.
How do I sign up?
· Register your interest by signing up to this opportunity - please note you must have lived experience* of mental health issues to become a Time to Change Champion
· Attend the meetings
· We will assist you in signing up online
· Attend the complusory training sessions (these may take place online) · Remember all volunteering for an SU project or opportunity counts towards the Livesey Award
· Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions
*lived experience - any person who identifies as having a current or past lived experience of psychological or emotional issues, distress or problems, irrespective of whether they have a diagnosed mental illness and/or have received treatment. This does not have to be personal experience, it may be that you have experience of mental health through supporting a friend or family member.