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It's time to change the way Kingston thinks about mental health

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In support of World Mental Health Day (10 October), Kingston Council, along with Healthwatch Kingston and Mind in Kingston, will be joining the Time to Change movement.

They will be forming a support hub to help end negative attitudes and behaviours towards those experiencing mental health problems. 

This year’s event will be shining a light on ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’. In Kingston, we recognise more can be done and so have gathered the support of the Police, NHS, Kingston College and Kingston University in our efforts to improve mental health awareness across the borough. 

Becoming a Time to Change hub means that Kingston also has access to a pool of online resources and will be recruiting local mental health champions who have personal experience of mental health problems, to run their own anti-stigma activities. 

Throughout the week, Achieving for Children (AfC) who run the council’s children’s services will be encouraging schools to take part in the Time to Change In Your Corner campaign. The campaign encourages schools to commit to delivering four short sessions about mental health during November and provides them with a resources pack to support their work with young people. 

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: 

“The Time to Change hub and In Your Corner campaign for schools are an excellent way to work together with our partners to address the stigma around mental health. We would encourage you all to get involved and attend some of the events being run by Mind in Kingston this week.

Young people are spending an increasing amount of time online which brings its challenges. Sadly suicide and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising in young adults and we are working hard in Kingston to tackle these problems.”

The council are currently in the process of appointing a number of member champions who will be advocates for mental health. They will be responsible for driving forward our mental health strategy (Thrive Kingston), the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme, and the Time to Change movement in Kingston.

Events being run by Mind in Kingston in support of World Mental Health Day:

  • Monday, 8 October 3-5pm: Art Exhibition at Kingston Library, Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS
  • Wednesday, 10 October 9:30pm: Mental Health Awareness talk at the Guide Association, 19 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London, SW1W 0PT 
  • Wednesday, 10 October: Mind stall outside John Lewis, Wood St, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1TE
  • Thursday, 11 October 7-8pm: Mental Health Awareness talk at Grove Health practice, Sutton, SM1 2DB

Full links:

  • Healthwatch Kingston: www.healthwatchkingston.org.uk/TTCkingston
  • Mind in Kingston: www.mindinkingston.org.uk
  • Time to Change: www.time-to-change.org.uk
  • Achieving for Children: www.achievingforchildren.org.uk