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

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. The deadline for the first round of community grant applications is Friday 27 October 2017.

World Mental Health Day 2017

On Tuesday 10 October, we’ll be talking about mental health at a pop-up shop in a vacant unit opposite Waterstones' Church Gate entrance in the Highcross shopping centre.

We’ll be showcasing some simple therapies that can help improve mental health such as laughter therapy, writing and music.

Activities are free of charge and will take place from 10am to 5pm. Come and join us.

Our campaign

Throughout the year we will campaign to challenge attitudes towards mental health. We will work with schools, workplaces and communities across the city to change the way we all think and act about mental health. We will also support people with experience of mental health problems to run events and projects that challenge stigma in their communities.

We are currently encouraging men to be more open and supportive of the 1 in 4 of us fighting a mental health problem in any given year. There’s a range of useful campaign resources available to download at the bottom of this page.

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 crsis 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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