We are delighted to inform you that CommUNITY Barnet is going to become a Time to Change Organic Hub. With London Borough of Barnet and Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group operating as the Hub Hosts, CommUNITY Barnet will be the Hub Coordinator. We will work together with different partners across the voluntary and community sector to mobilise people with lived experience and work together on ending discrimination and stigma around mental health.
About Time to Change
Time to Change (TTC) is a social movement made up of hundreds of thousands of individuals and organisations across England, who are all doing their bit to change the way the nation thinks and acts when it comes to mental health.
Since it began in 2007, more than 4.1 million people have improved attitudes, and more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems. But there's still more to be done until no one has to face discrimination on the grounds of a mental health problem, and until talking about having a mental health problem becomes unremarkable and every day. The programme is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding.
Main Aim of Time to Change
To end stigma and discrimination around mental health. Many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. But with the right support around them, people can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life.
What Does It Mean to be a TTC Hub?
By working together with our partners in the Wellbeing Service and other voluntary organisations identified (eg Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation) and with the help, and resources of TTC we will develop a social media campaign, activities and events. We will be building on existing activities and events such as Hub Connections and World Mental Health Day ensuring that ending stigma and discrimination around mental health is a core belief. We also want people with lived experience to be at the heart of the campaign and so to create a library of case studies.
We will be also be signing the employers pledge – to show that we lead the way and encourage employees to open up and talk about their mental health and keeping mentally well.