Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham backs Time to Change – let’s end mental health discrimination

Time to change is England’s biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. The campaign is being run by two leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Following the successful first phase of the campaign in 2007 – 2011 the campaign is now being funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

The aims for phase two include:

- Improve public attitudes towards people with mental health problems by 5%

- Reduce discrimination by 5%

- Reduce the number of areas of life in which people experience discrimination

- Increase the confidence and ability of people with mental health problems to address discrimination

- Improve the social capital of people with mental health problems.

What our Borough is doing:

The local NHS in collaboration with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has signed the pledge to show their support for the Time to Talk campaign. This extremely beneficial and groundbreaking campaign has also gained the support of Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham. Jon and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have now joined a star studded and far reaching list of people and organisations already in support of the charity – other pledges include: Stephen Fry, Frank Bruno, Gok Wan, The Premier League, BT, E.ON and the list is ever growing.

Throughout Mental Health Week 2012 (21st May – 27th May) many children’s centres and schools are participating in activities to raise awareness – these activities are being carried out in order to build up a body of evidence about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to breaking down stigma and ending discrimination amongst our youth. These activities will also help identify the best approaches to dealing with mental health in our communities.

The charity hopes to use the collected reports to work with the Barking & Dagenham Mental Health Partnership to create an event in October celebrating World Mental Health Day.

The current number of pledges stands at 22,942.

By making the pledge you are accepting the need for change, a change that will see people talking about mental health issues without fear of stigmatisation or discrimination.


To find out more about Time to Change and the Time to Talk campaign follow this link to the website: