About Waltham Forest Time to Change Hub
Waltham Forest Time to Change Hub has been operating since March 2018 and in spite of the closure of National Time to Change, continues to support Champions to challenge the stigma and discrimination that still exists in mental health.
Who are Champions?
These are anyone who has a lived experience of mental ill health, or someone who cares for someone mentally unwell or who feels passionate about changing the way people view those who experience mental illness. Evidence shows that one of the most powerful ways to challenge stigma and discrimination is through ‘Champions’ sharing their lived experience with others. These conversations help challenge the misconceptions and negative stereotypes around mental health. Conversations can take place anywhere but where they have proved most successful is through engaging the public in an activity, or an event or workshop. A champion can contribute as much or as little, time as they wish.
With further funding available from Public Health at the London Borough of Waltham Forest, the aim is to build on current success and continue delivering the campaign for the next 12 months through online and face-to-face activities where possible.
Local Groups & Sustainability
Champions have gone on to set up and facilitate peer support groups including Post Natal Depression, Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia, and Anxiety and Depression. Demand for these groups is high. Champions are needed to support these and develop additional groups to complement those already running. Please go to the WFCCC page for further information.
We want to work with as many people as possible across the borough to develop a programme of activities and workshops that reflect the diversity of Waltham Forest. We are particularly keen to hear from people from the BAME communities, are aged 18 – 35 years, an older adult, or a member of the LGBTQ+ community.