Time to Change is England’s biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems.
It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.
Time To Change are asking young people in the West Midlands to stand up and be counted against discrimination. They are piloting a special campaign for young people in the West Midlands area, starting with the release of Stand Up Kid, an Online film that aims to change attitudes towards mental illness amongst 14-18 year olds. The film shows teenager Michael coming back to school after being off with depression. Teased by his classmates, he takes a stand against the jokes and tells them what it really means to live with a mental health problem.
We know that young people with mental health problems can face teasing and bullying from their peers. Stand Up Kid is part of a wider campaign in the West Midlands to change this behaviour, but you can also watch it online, no matter where you are.