Time to Change Champions Fund for East Essex Opens

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Today £10,000 has been made available to people in East Essex to hold events to end the stigma people living with a mental health problem face each day. The Time to Change Champions Fund administered by the Time to Change Hub for East Essex is open for applications from people with lived experience of a mental health problem registered as Champions.

Individual Time to Change Champions or groups of champions can access up to £500 to run an event or campaign which tackles mental health stigma and discrimination. Previous events have included photography and art exhibitions, crafting events and stands at train stations and supermarkets.

Stephanie Mills, from Hub Coordinator Mid and North East Essex Mind said ‘We are inviting applications to the Time to Change Champions Fund from any existing Champions, or those looking to become one, in the area. The fund can support any kind of event which opens up the conversation about mental health and helps to reduce stigma. We are keen to support as many events as possible so our team will be on hand to support any Champions looking to make an application.’

If you are a Champion, or are looking to become one, and would like to run a local event please visit our website https://mnessexmind.org/time-to-change-east-essex/ for more information about the fund and how to apply. If you have an questions please call Tricia Berhardt, Time to Change Hub Coordinator on 01206 764600 or email ttc@mnessexmind.org.

In March the Time to Change Hub for East Essex joined a network of over 40 Hubs across England to help change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Made up of Essex County Council, Mid and North East Essex Mind, South East and Central Essex Mind, Basildon Mind, the Tendring Mental Health Hub and Maldon & District CVS and local champions, the Hub will combine the insights of the national Time to Change campaign with local knowledge. They will support communities, workplaces and schools to take action to end negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems in their communities.

To find out more about Time to Change East Essex visit https://mnessexmind.org/time-to-change/