Time to Change

Time to Change aims to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in our city.

Further information

Mental health problems are common in Leicester and are estimated to affect one in four people. It’s likely that you know someone with a mental health problem – perhaps someone at work, in your friendship group or in your family. Our campaign will encourage people with mental health problems in Leicester to feel more comfortable to talk to their colleagues, neighbours, friends and family about how they’re feeling – it could make all the difference in helping them recover.

Community grants

The deadline for the second round of community grant applications is Friday 2 March. As part of the Time to Change community grants scheme, we are distributing funds for community programmes that help raise awareness and combat mental health problems. 

To find out more, and for guidance in completing your grant application, please download the PDF at the bottom of this page.

Children and young people's mental health

As part of our Time to Change Leicester campaign, we are working with primary and secondary schools to provide support and resources to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. 

Mental health problems affect one in ten children nationally. many are too frightened to speak about their feelings. Thirty per cent of 11-15 year-olds find it difficult to talk about their feelings, 25% experience bullying, and 32% say they have no trusted adult they can confide in. 

Together with teachers, parents and carers we would like to talk openly with children about their feelings and getting help. We have a variety of resources for schools, including posters and ideas for activities, that can help normalise conversations about mental health. 

You can download these resources below. To place an order for free print campaign resources to display in your organisation please send us an email.

We are calling on people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved in the campaign – local businesses, communities, organisations, healthcare professionals, universities, schools, teachers, young people and parents. To place an order for free print campaign resources to display in your organisation please send us an email.

National campaign

Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. It aims to improve public attitudes towards people with mental health problems, reduce discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems, increase the confidence and ability of people with mental health problems to address discrimination and improve the social capital of people with mental health problems.

We’ve provided some links below for you to find out more information about mental health problems, how to boost your mood, and how to seek help if you or someone you know might need it.

Useful links

  • Reaching People - help with meeting new people.
  • Open Mind - talk to someone who can help
  • Help in a crisis:
    • CALM - or call their crisis hotline on 0800 58 58 58. Open 5pm - midnight every day.
    • Samaritans - or call their 24-hour crisis hotline on 116 123
    • Mind

If you want more details about how mental health affects people in Leicester, take a look at our mental health and wellbeing page. 

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