Campaign Time to Change has been granted funding for the next 5 years to support with its aims of changing attitudes towards mental health.
Behind the campaign are charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, partnering to raise awareness of different types of mental health by reaching out to workplaces, schools and community groups. The campaign also includes suggestions of ways that employers and schools can support people with mental health issues in the most effective way.
The campaign has had a great impact on the way people view mental health, but there is still more work to be done. In the last couple of years, eating disorders and self-harm have risen among young people, while suicide remains a significant issue for older men, Mind reports from its research.
How Will the Campaign Change Attitudes Towards Mental Health?
The campaign will aim to reach out to organisations that have not yet engaged with the campaign to heighten its impact on people’s attitudes towards mental health and break down negative perceptions. This will be through social media channels and delivering talks at employer workplaces and schools, opening up opportunities for conversations around mental health.
Interim director of Time to Change, Jo Loughram, commented on how many people with mental health issues are not seeking the proper support they need because of the attitudes still prevalent of some others.
“…With this continued investment in our growing movement, individuals, communities, schools and organisations can put an end to this,” she highlighted. (Jo Loughram, Time to Change, October 2017)
The funding is to from a variety of sources, including the Big Lottery Fund donating £2.5 million, Comic Relief £5 million and the Department of Health a total of £12.5 million.
As a result of the ongoing campaign so far, it has resulted in the reporting of discrimination of people with mental health by a third. This is through reaching nearly 400 employers and more than 800 schools nationwide. The campaign can now continue to help break down negative stigmas or misconceptions about mental health that still exist nationwide.