Mental health problems are common - but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
The Time to Change campaign aims to empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue without facing discrimination. They also want three quarters of the population who know someone with a mental health problem to talk about it too.
Time to change have a wide range of projects developed to engage people in all sectors and communities, encouraging them to start a dialogue and hopefully leading to a change in behaviour.
A key principle that Time to Change is built on is 'social contact', which is the chance for people without knowledge of mental health problems to have the opportunity to learn from someone who has a personal experience of mental illness. Research shows that this is one of the most powerful indicators of improving attitudes and behaviours, so a lot of the campaign’s work is about creating opportunities for more members of the public to come into contact with people who are open about their mental health problems.
Since Time to Change launched there has been a significant increase in the number of people who say they know someone with a mental health problem.
We aim to be part of these conversations through screenings and discussions around the film. These will occur on-line, but also at film festivals and other events. Please keep an eye on the blog/news, which will provide information on where these various events will take place.