World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October is a great opportunity to raise awareness and start conversations about mental health.
Everyone’s experience of mental health problems is different, and we all deserve to feel safe and supported when talking about our mental health. But too often, mental health stigma leaves people feeling isolated and ashamed. At worst, it prevents people getting support, finding employment or having open conversations with friends and family.
This World Mental Health Day, we’re encouraging everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen.
Read on to find out how you can get involved and help change attitudes towards those of us with experience of mental health problems.
World Mental Health Day resources
Change attitudes this World Mental Health Day by sharing our message. Whether you’re getting involved at work, at university or online, we’ve got resources to help you change the way people think and act about mental health.
Watch Barry’s story
In this powerful video from Time to Change Halton, Champion Barry shares his experience of mental health problems and how opening up about it has helped him feel less alone.
Be Defiant Virtual Challenge
Be Defiant’s Virtual Challenge is an opportunity to push yourself and help raise funds for Time to Change this World Mental Health Day. You choose your distance and how you complete the challenge. Whether you run, walk or cycle, you’ll receive a special edition T-shirt and all profits will be donated to Time to Change.
Our impact and future
Together we have improved public attitudes towards mental health by 12.7% since Time to Change began in 2007. Despite this progress, we know that we still have a long way to go.
Over the past 18 months we’ve been listening to the priorities of people with lived experience of mental health problems, and with the help of our social movement we have developed a proposal for continuing to campaign to change attitudes and behaviours where it’s needed the most. Our campaign’s current funding ends on 31 March 2021 and we are working hard to secure new funding to deliver this vital work.
Just like you, we are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination. We will keep you updated with our progress and let you know what you can do to help.
World Mental Heath Day
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to start conversations about mental health and raise awareness. We’re calling on everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen.
Get involved with World Mental Health Day online
Join Time to Change Champion Tony on Zoom as he shares his story. Hear what it means for Tony to be a Champion and how he finds fulfilment in kindness and meditation.
Comedy can actively provide a counterbalance to prejudice and help us to challenge negative stereotypes. Join this one-off workshop for honesty, authenticity and laughter.
Join Roya and friends for a 1.5 hour session of mindfulness and guided breathing exercises – and even a spot of Bollywood dancing thrown in.