Reducing mental health stigma and improving the quality of life of people with mental health problems.
Working with local people living with mental health problems, public health teams, NHS organisations, local authorities and other charities, Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind is proud to announce that we are key partners in newly established Time to Change Local Hubs in the London Borough of Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Chief Executive of Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind, Ben Taylor, said, “A lot of great work has been done by the Time to Change campaign to reduce stigma around mental health and start conversations amongst people with their families, friends, educators and employers. As a local charity, we are committed to improving the life experience of local people experiencing mental health problems working in partnership with local organisations as part of these two new Time to Change hubs in Lewisham and Greenwich.”
“I would encourage local people with their own experience of mental health problems and recovery to volunteer as local Time to Change champions to help reduce mental health stigma and improve life opportunities for people. Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they can spare for the Lewisham and Greenwich Time to Change Hubs to help us all have open and positive conversations about mental health.”
What is a Time to Change Hub?
Local Time to Change Hubs work to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination in local schools, workplaces and communities and improve the quality of life for people living with mental health problems.
A Time to Change Hub is a partnership between:
- people with their own lived experience of mental health problems
- health and wellbeing boards and agencies
- local authorities
- and mental health/voluntary sector organisations and charities.
Hubs work with other sectors that have an interest in mental health such as:
- Education/children and young people
- Emergency Services
- Local employers and businesses.
Partners in local Time to Change Hubs put people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work, to improve people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.
Whilst some other local Time to Change Hubs around the country are funded, the Lewisham and Greenwich Hubs are currently unfunded, referred to as ‘Organic Hubs’.
Who are the partners in the Lewisham Time to Change Hub?
The Lewisham Time to Change Local Hub currently consists of the following organisations:
- Lewisham Council
- NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group
- Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
- Lewisham BME Network
- Voluntary Action Lewisham
- Lewisham Community Connections.
Who are the partners in the Greenwich Time to Change Hub?
The Greenwich Time to Change Local Hub currently consists of the following organisations (the Greenwich Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board):
- Royal Borough of Greenwich
- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group
- Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind
- Metro GAVS
- Greenwich Inclusion Project
- Bridge Support
- Healthwatch Greenwich
- Charlton Athletic Community Trust
What will the Local Hubs do?
The Lewisham and Greenwich Hubs will be supporting local volunteers with lived experience of personal mental health problems (called Time to Change Champions) to:
- have conversations about mental health with the people
- tell their own story
- run Time to Change activities in community venues and workplaces
- speak up when people say stereotypical or damaging things about mental health.
Volunteer to reduce mental health stigma in Lewisham and Greenwich
Become a Time to Change Champion.
As a Time to Change champion, you will be helping change attitudes towards people experiencing and living with mental health problems. It is also an opportunity to develop your own skills such as public speaking, presenting, planning events and using social media, working alongside like-minded people in your local community.
If you have lived experience of your own mental health problems and can spare some time (little or as much as you like), you can to volunteer as a Time to Change champion.