Champion the Change
What is Champion the Change?
Champion the Change Buckinghamshire is a partnership of local organisations and people who are committed to ending mental health stigma and discrimination and create hope for those affected by mental illness.
By transforming misplaced attitudes and increasing understanding of mental health, we can tackle the unnecessary barriers those living with mental health conditions can face all too often.
At the heart of our campaign are our volunteers, called Champions, who have lived experience of mental illness and stigma. They use their voices, experiences and passion to help end negative attitudes and behaviours to those suffering with mental illness.
After government funding for the national Time to Change campaign sadly ended in March 2021, Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Mind are delighted to launch the new local anti-stigma campaign Champion the Change Bucks in June 2021.
The Buckinghamshire partnership, which was formerly called Time to Change Bucks, was established in April 2018 and is hosted by the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board with Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Mind.
Why do we need to end mental health stigma?
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, made worse by the impact of experiencing stigma and discrimination. For many people, stigma causes them to feel ashamed, isolated and as if they are to blame for their symptoms.
The effects of facing judgement from others and being treated differently due to an illness are far reaching and often prevent people seeking the help and support they need to start the journey towards recovery.
How to help end Stigma and Discrimination
The most effective way to end mental health stigma and discrimination is to tackle negative judgements through increasing awareness and education.
Become a Champion
If you have lived experience of mental health and you would like to get involved with ending mental health stigma, you could consider becoming a Champion. We welcome anybody who would like to be a Champion, giving as much or as little time as you like.
Our team of volunteers get involved in many different ways, from hosting events to sharing our social media posts to committing to having conversations with friends and family about mental health.
Here are some ways you could get involved as a Champion:
- Organising small community activities
- Sharing their stories on our social media or website
- Help us reach more people in our community by creating resources for schools, workplaces and sports clubs
Bucks Big Chat Awareness Days
Another way to get involved to help end mental health stigma is to join in with our awareness days, called Bucks Big Chat. It’s a call to action to our community to continue conversation about mental health helping breakdown stigma in varied and creative ways. Click here for more information.
Champion the Change Champion Michelle shares her experience of mental health problems, discusses mental health wellbeing in the workplace and suggests how you can be in your colleague’s corner. Please click on the video below to view.
***Please be aware this video discusses content you may find triggering regarding mental health. You may choose to avoid watching this if you’re experiencing a period of poor mental health or ensure you have support available.***