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Funding available for Time to Change Champions

Today, as part of World Mental Health Day, Time to Change Kingston is launching its Champions Fund – a £10,000 pot of money to help residents challenge mental health stigma in the community.

Time to Change Kingston was successful in its bid to become a hub in March 2019 and is made up of the council, Healthwatch Kingston, Mind in Kingston and a number of other partner organisations. The hub aims to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems and is now providing funding to support this.

Those applying for funding must be a registered Time to Change Champion, be at least 18 years old, have experienced a mental health problem and live, work or study in the borough.

The funding will be used to start conversations about mental health as sharing real life stories helps to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.

A Time to Change Kingston spokesperson said:

“This is a great opportunity for residents who have experienced mental health problems to share their story and encourage people to talk more openly about mental health.

“When we talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours and our campaign is proving that it is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.”

The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is Sunday 10 November 2019, applications will be reviewed and funding awarded by the end of November. The funding will be available throughout the year in January, March, April and June.

To register as a Time to Change champion visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved

To apply for the Champions Fund visit and download the application form visit www.healthwatchkingston.org.uk/TTCkingston. or email [email protected] to submit your application form or if you have any questions.

Notes to Editor

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Our voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding from the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding. Our campaign is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined us to make change happen. For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk.