Time to Change – tackling mental health stigma

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow visited Duke McKenzie’s fitness centre in Crystal Palace this week, to promote Time to Change, the leading stigma and anti-discrimination campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The Government is joining forces with Comic Relief to help tackle mental health stigma, with funding of up to £20 million for the campaign.

In the video below, Sue Baker – Director of Time to Change speaks about the Time to Change program.

Time to Change has sent scores of young men and women with mental health problems to the fitness centre where they learn new skills to improve their mental health and confidence.

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Feature photo courtesy of Andy Forey photos, for Croydon Minds.

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3 Responses to Time to Change – tackling mental health stigma

  1. Lolita Krastina says:


    my ex-partner due to strong paranoid disorder, possible maniacal depression
    or even maniacal schizophrenia (sadly his mum and brother both are diagnosticed with schizophrenia)
    has caused me several injuries due to his aggressive and violent mood swings.
    as I am not medically trained, it took a while to understand what is going on.

    I think would be very helpful if you also would give detailed description of main symptoms most common and dangerous mental illnesses.

    Best Wishes,


  2. Emma Hodges says:

    It is definitely time for the stigma associated with mental illness to be removed; it is beocming more and more prominent in society, and people need to know that help is available to them, without being ashamed to seek help.

  3. I had a personal experience in my family with Mental health of a relative. The sad story is, it usually starts with something small such as mild depression. These conditions are often developed for the worse and I blame medications.

    I think that a lot of these conditions should first be approached by being kind and compassionate to the patient, by the use of pets and by forcing them to do some kind of activities, preferably physical ones that move their body in the way it was intended to.

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