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.

The Buckinghamshire partnership, formerly 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. Click here for more information.

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.

Employer’s Pledge

We are calling upon all businesses across Buckinghamshire to commit to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the work place by signing-up to our Employer’s Pledge. To find out more, please click here.

Champion Stories

Our Champions share their experiences to help break down mental health stigma and discrimination. Please click here to read more.

Get Involved on Social Media

You can find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. We’d love you to share our messages with your own networks. Thanks very much.