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Kingston awarded funding to tackle mental health stigma

Kingston has been named as one of eight areas to tackle mental health stigma locally after receiving funding to become a Time to Change hub.

The hubs are networks of local organisations and individuals set up to change how we all think and act about mental health locally. In Kingston around one in 100 people will have a new diagnosis of depression in the next 12 months.

Kingston will be provided with £25,000 funding. £15,000 will be used to start-up the hub and £10,000 for a Champions’ Fund, where local people with lived experience of mental illness can bid for funding to run stigma busting events and activities within their area.

Kingston Council recently appointed five mental health champion councillors, each of them on one of the council's strategic committees showing its commitment to improving the mental health of everyone in Kingston.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green, said:

“All too often mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject which can prevent people seeking help when they need it. This announcement is fantastic news for the borough and we are looking forward to working with our local partners and Time to Change to make a real difference here in Kingston.” 

Jo Loughran, Director at Time to Change, said:

“When 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year. It’s vital that we come together to end mental health stigma. Our network of Time to Change hubs are able to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in their community.”

In Kingston, the hub will be led by local champions working jointly with Kingston Council as Time to Change hub host, Healthwatch Kingston as the Time to Change Hub coordinator, Mind in Kingston and over 20 other local organisation from the voluntary sector, the health service and businesses. For more information about the Time to Change hubs visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/local-hubs.