Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The campaign is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
On 19th February 2014, the Union of Brunel Students and Brunel University London signed the time to change pledge and committed to combat stigma surrounding mental health on campus.
1 in 4 people experience some form of mental illness at some point in life and this campaign seeks to better support and improve recovery for people whether they are suffering from stress, depression or more severe mental health conditions. For many, the experience of stigma and discrimination can be worse than the mental health problem itself. The campaign includes; TV advertising, social media, community engagement activity and work with employers. For more information on the campaign please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk.
Understanding is growing that fear of stigma and discrimination inhibits many students from disclosing their concerns and seeking help, which can delay recovery.
Over the next few months’ Time to Change and Brunel University London will be working in partnership to deliver the Time to Change Organisational Healthcheck. The healthcheck will provide an independent assessment of the organisational culture towards mental health in your University and provide suggestions on actions, tools and resources that will enable Brunel to improve their work with students in this area.
During November we are asking all students to complete a short online survey to help with this assessment. The more responses we get, the more accurate the assessment will be. Be in with a chance to win £50 Amazon vouchers by completing the survey here: https://response.questback.com/mind/bruneluni/
It is vital that we get as many people to contribute as possible, to ensure we get a full picture of life as a student at Brunel University London. This project ensures complete confidentiality for all students. All aspects of the project will be delivered solely by the Time to Change team and all data and information collated will be completely anonymous.