Councils, the NHS, police, community groups, charities, employers and schools in Leeds are all coming together to change how we think and act about mental health.
Leeds is one of the first Time to Change hubs in England, a new partnership of local organisations and mental health champions committed to improving local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.
Time to Change Leeds is led by the
Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and is a partnership between Leeds City Council,
Leeds Mind (and
Touchstone and West Yorkshire Police, as well as local Time to Change champions and regional co-ordinators.
The Time to Change Leeds Hub believe that people with their own experience of mental health problems (also known as lived experience) should be leading activity around combatting stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems.
If you are passionate about ending mental health stigma, and would like to be involved in the Hub, you can sign up to be a Champion at
There are many ways to get involved as a Champion in the Leeds Hub, including:
- Developing local campaigns through being involved in the Champion Campaign Group
- Attending training to help support the Leeds Hub and for personal development
- Championing anti-stigma in your everyday life
- Volunteering as a Champion in the Leeds Hub’s partner organisations
- Helping to manage the Champions Fund
- Attending the Leeds Hub steering group
The second round of the Champions Fund is now open. Champions in Leeds can apply for a grant of up to £500 to fund anti-stigma activities in their own communities using social contact.
What is social contact?.
Want to apply for the Champion Fund but need some help with ideas? Here are some that include social contact:
- Run your own anti-stigma campaign in your workplace, local community centre, train or bus station, shopping centre, or local school
- Use poetry, theatre, or spoken word to highlight anti-stigma - or put on another type of creative event
- Have a tea and talk session or a coffee morning with your colleagues, neighbours or a general public drop-in
- Set up a stall in a public space and start conversations with people, encouraging them to sign the Time to Change anti-stigma pledge
Find more information and details on how to apply for the Champions Fund