Become a Time to Change champion

People across the Malvern Hills district are being sought to become Time to Change champions to help challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Malvern Hills District Council is holding a free, informal information session from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Council Chamber on 7 February.

The session will be held on Time to Talk day, an annual event which encourages people to have a conversation about mental health.

Time to Change Champions are a movement of people across the country changing the way people think and act about mental health by sharing their own experiences.

They run activities, get involved at events, speak out about mental health, tell their story online or in the media and more.

Funding of up to £500 is available for champions to use to run anti-stigma activity which sparks conversations about mental health. The activity can include stalls in shopping centres, a pub quiz, sports, art and craft activities, dog walks.

People are encouraged to sign up if they are aged 18 or over, live in Worcestershire, interested in challenging mental health stigma and discrimination and have personal experience of a mental health problem.

The session lasts no more than an hour and is a great opportunity to find out more about Time to Change Champions, Champions funding, Campaign groups and local activity.

There is also an opportunity after the session between 6.30pm to 7pm to find out about local mental health and wellbeing initiatives and to talk to Rachel Vann, the Physical Activity and Wellbeing Officer, for information and advice.

Rachel Vann, Physical Activity and Well-being Officer for Malvern Hills District Council, said: "Becoming a Time to Change champion gives people an opportunity to open a dialogue about mental health. Talking to others about your own experiences can not only be beneficial to your own well-being but it can also help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage people to come forward."

This event has been organised in partnership with Worcestershire County Council Public Health, Community First and Time to Change Worcestershire.

Please contact Laura Hart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (01905 844696) if you would like to ask any questions.

Visit the Time to Change website or the Comfirst website for more information.

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