Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

We’ve already reached millions of people and began to improve attitudes and behaviour.

Despite the progress we’ve 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.

But the reality is that mental health can affect anyone. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That’s why our work is so important. No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.

Changing attitudes in the workplace

It can be really hard to open up about mental health at work: 95 per cent of people calling in sick with stress give a different reason.

That’s why we work with more than 800 employers to change attitudes to mental health in their workplace.

Changing attitudes in communities

People with mental health problems say discrimination from friends, family and neighbours has the biggest impact.

We support hundreds of Champions to reach people and change attitudes where they live and oversee a network of more than 30 Time to Change Hubs running local campaigns.

Why is it needed in Blackpool?

Blackpool faces significant issues around mental health and reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness is a key part of Blackpool Council’s Public Mental Health Action Plan 2016-19. Blackpool can become a Time to Change Organic Hub – commissioning this service will enable local coordination and financial support for local community groups and individuals with lived experience who wish to undertake Time to Change campaign activities.

The Blackpool Time to Change Hub aims 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.

Blackpool Time to Change Hub

Jamie-Lee Curry

Blackpool Time to Change Hub Co-ordinator