Time to Change

One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. However, because of attitudes towards mental health issues, many feel unable to talk about it. This can deepen feelings of isolation, lead to loss of friendships and stop people getting help. Time to Change is England’s largest ever initiative to end this stigma and discrimination.

The stand-up kid

The stand-up kid

One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem and, out of those, nine in ten will experience discrimination because of it.

Watch the video with your class and download our activity to find out how to make a stand against discrimination.

Tips for talking

Tips for talking

The Time to Change young people’s panel talk about their experiences, the stigma and discrimination around mental health and their tips for discussing it.

What is stigma?

What is stigma?

Mental illness can be difficult to talk about, and for others to understand. It can therefore be a subject that people avoid. That is what’s known as ‘stigma’.

If you’re a young person and you’d like advice on talking about mental health issues or getting help, you have a lot of options open to you.

How does Comic Relief help?

How does Comic Relief help?

Comic Relief is one of the main funders of the Time to Change initiative, it is delivered by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

We’re trying to raise awareness of mental health issues and you can too. Use the information and resources on this page to join us and fight the stigma surrounding mental health.

Real life stories

"One of the main problems is that many people don't recognise the signs of mental illness."

Sian's story 

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