County campaign brings local government, business and education together to stamp out mental health stigma

2017-18 sees Time To Change Surrey, the county campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health, embarking on a packed programme of activities and events.

Over the last three years, Time To Change Surrey programme has reached over 4,000 people in Surrey. Staff, students and people across health and social care, and the general public have watched the live dramas which show the impact of mental illness on individuals and those around them; met with some of the Time to Change Mental Health Champions – all people with direct experience of mental ill health; or taken advantage of our mental health training, including Mental Health First Aid.

The latest initiative for the campaign has three main elements:

  •  to bring together all eleven borough/ district councils in Surrey, businesses, colleges / 6th forms, University of Surrey and Clinical Commissioning groups to unite with a local commitment to stamping out mental health stigma through signing up to the national Time To Change Pledge
  • to create a Performing Arts project in colleges and 6th forms across the county. The focus for the project will be to write and perform a short play that highlights some of the mental health problems students and young people experience. Acting Out Productions, a company of professional actors and mental health experts, which provides the short live dramas for Time To Change Surrey, will assist and support participating educational establishments 
  • to highlight the mental health issues that affect people in minority groups such as LGBT or BME. We’ll be working with a wide number of partners including Workplace Wellbeing initiatives; Community
    Connections – providers of non-clinical mental health services across the county; other mental health providers including Surrey & Borders Foundation NHS Trust; Surrey Arts and other creative arts projects; all the councils and selected colleges; Surrey Chamber of Commerce; Child & Adolescent Mental Health services; Surrey Libraries; local media, minority group communities and other groups and individuals.

In this Mental Health Awareness week, 8-13 May 2017, we’re inviting businesses, organisations, places of education and minority groups to join us and be a part of our exciting 2017-18 programme. Let’s join
together for better mental health and wellbeing in Surrey.

Contact: Megan Aspel, Coordinator

07824 364703

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