17th Jul, 2019

Volunteers sought to be Malvern 'Time to Change Champions' to challenge mental health stigma

Malvern Editorial 28th Jan, 2019

MALVERN Hills District Council is searching for people to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination by becoming a Time to Change champion writes Gabija Alseikaite.

Time to Change Champions are a movement of people across the country changing the way people look at mental health and challenging the stigma that surrounds it, including their own experiences.

Those living in Worcestershire, who are aged 18 or over, have personal experience of a mental health problem and are interested in challenging mental health stigma and discrimination, are urged to attend an information session.

There will be a free informal information session at the Council Chamber between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on February 7, which is Time to Talk day.

The annual event where people are encouraged to have a conversation regarding mental health.

Rachel Vann, the Physical Activity and Well-being Officer said: “Becoming a Time to Change champion gives people an opportunity to open a dialogue about Mental Health.”

The session is a great opportunity to find out more about Time to Change Champions and their funding and activities.

The champions receive funding up to £500, which they use to run anti-stigma activity. The activities range from arts and crafts ,pub quizzes and dog walking to doing sports and stalls in shopping centres.

Following this session is another session from 6.30pm to 7pm, where people will be able to find out about local mental health and well-being initiatives.

Rachel will also be present to offer advice and information.

Anyone wanting to ask any questions should email Laura Hart on lhart2@worcestershire.gov.uk or call her on

01905 844696.

For more information, visit www.time-to-change.org.uk

www.comfirst.org.uk/worcestershire_time_to_change1

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