York mental health champions mark Time to Talk Day

Cllr Carol Runciman met the Time to Change champions this morning as they were preparing to take to the streets. Photograph: City of York Council

It’s Time to Talk Day (Thursday, 6 February) and York’s mental health champions are out and about.

Throughout the day, the champions will be visiting cafés, restaurants, bars, community organisations and venues across the city to talk about Time to Change. They have been delivering coasters and spreading the word about the support available in York.

Time to Change is a growing movement of people changing how people think and act about mental health problems and aim to tackle the stigma around mental health.

City of York Council is supporting a local Time to Change hub in the city to help raise awareness of and challenge stigma around mental health.

Time to Change York coordinator Emma Williams said:

  • No one should feel ashamed to talk about their mental health.

    We all have mental health and as Time to Change community champions in York, we use our personal experiences of mental ill health to have conversations with residents and visitors of York to help dispel myths and to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

    There are no ‘entry requirements’ or a need to have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition to be a Champion. Anyone with a lived experience of mental illness can get involved!

To find out how, contact [email protected].