Time to Change

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

Further information

Time to Change Leicester Hub 2019-2020

We have been awarded £25,000 of funding from the national charity Time to Change to help combat mental health stigma in our communities. Leicester and 13 other funded hubs across England, are aiming to make a nationwide effort to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. The hub is a partnership with the Richmond Fellowship and local Time to Change champions, and will work to combat the stigma faced by people experiencing mental health problems in communities, workplaces and schools across the city.

Information about upcoming campaigns and events will be shared here and on the Richmond Fellowship: Leicestershire Life Links website.

Time to Change Champions

If you want to be involved with the campaign you can sign up to become a Time to Change Champion. Champions are people who have lived with experience of mental health problems, who want to make a difference in their local communities and change perceptions about mental health. There are several training sessions (below) coming up over the next few weeks and if you are interested in attending please email us. You can find out more about becoming a Time to Change Champion on the Time to Change website.

Thursday 16 May

Challenging Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination

This session will look at the origins of mental health stigma, how it appears in our daily lives, and how we can combat myths and stereotypes about mental ill health.

Location: Town Hall, room 1.21
Time: 10am – 1.30pm

Tuesday 21 May

Social Contact Conversations

This session will look at ways to speak about mental health, how to open up about your own lived experience of mental health, and how to safely facilitate these conversations with the general public.

Location: Town Hall, room 1.21
Time: 10am – 1.30pm

Monday 3 June

Champions Campaigns Group

This is a meeting for local people interested in mental health and wellbeing to come together and develop a strategy to campaign about issues around mental health that are important to the community.

Location: Queens Building Room 0.11, De Montfort University Campus
Time: 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday 4 June

How to influence and participate in local Hubs

This session will explore how local champions can shape the local Time to Change Leicester campaign, and make a real impact.

Location: City Hall, room 4.08
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm

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.

Community grants

As part of our commitment to get people talking about mental health, we are funding projects across communities in Leicester that start conversations about mental health and wellbeing in new and creative ways. Up to £1,500 of funding is available for these projects. You can apply for a community grant online, using the form below. To find out more, and for guidance in completing your grant application, please download the PDF at the bottom of this page.

Useful links

  • Open Mind - talk to a mental health professional who can help
  • Mind – find out more information about mental health and wellbeing
  • Samaritans – for help in a crisis, or call their 24-hour crisis hotline on 116 123
  • Richmond Fellowship support service - wellness and mental health recovery service tailored to meet your needs.

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