“I first heard about Time to Change from a friend. I’d just been diagnosed with bipolar and I really didn’t know anything about mental health. I started reading blogs on the Time to Change website. Almost immediately I came across one from a bricklayer named Dave. His experience really mirrored mine. Reading his story had a profound effect on me. It made me feel less alone. Hearing he was starting to recover made me feel, for the first time, I could get better too. Before I started sharing my story I’d cut myself off from friends and family. Having a mental health problem made me feel really weak and pathetic. As a man who works in construction, there are so many stereotypes about how to act. There are these ideas men should be strong and silent – which stops people speaking out.

When I felt like I was at a point in my recovery to do so, I emailed Time to Change. My first blog got a really good reaction – from my friends and family and from strangers on social media. I had been scared stiff of telling people about my mental health – but with such a good reaction, I realised I should have started talking much sooner. Things have really improved since I first sought help. Sports starts sharing their experience of depression, for example, is really making a difference. I really feel we’re winning the battle.” – Timothy McKenna, U.K.

Time to Change Global is a campaign and movement focused on changing attitudes and behaviour towards those of us with mental health problems. We work regionally, nationally (England and Wales) and internationally, with a focus on low and lower middle income countries.

Time to Change is a partnership project between two mental health charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The organisations have worked collaboratively since 2007, shifting society’s attitudes and behaviour in England and empowering those of us with lived experience to challenge stigma.

Our evidence-based methodology, developed over eleven years in England has been shared across the global to support the development of other similar campaigns aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination and empowering people with lived experience of mental health issues to lead change,  We co-founded the Global Anti Stigma Alliance in 2012 to share research, materials, and learning across the world.

www.time-to-change.org.uk/global