Our Time to Change Hub is a partnership between people with their own lived experience of mental health problems (Champions), Southampton & Portsmouth City Councils and Solent Mind. We’re part of a network of over 40 Hubs across England and together we’re working to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
We're currently working on a video for Time to Talk Day 2021, the theme for the day is “The power of small - because a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference”. Champions have been asked share how a small conversation about their own or someone else’s mental health has made a difference to in their life. We want to show the impact those small conversations can have.
The video is now in progress, with our Champions currently answering these questions and sending in videos to our Hub. The final video will be released on 4th February for Time to Talk Day! The video will be available to see on our social media channels and here on our webpage.
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Champions are at the core of everything we do as a Hub, they use their own experiences of mental health problems to change how others think and act about mental health. Being a Champion is completely flexible and voluntary and there are many things you could do or get involved in as a Champion, if you would like to know more about what Champions do click here.
Remember, it’s completely free to sign up and you can get involved as much or as little as you like!
"For a long, long time I had no idea how to be kind to myself."
"I can offer time and space for somebody to talk freely if they wish without an agenda or judgement."
“Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear the path”
"My friends help me survive the buffeting of the waves"
"I wanted to share a little of my journey into discovering self-kindness in the hope that it may help others, even in the smallest of ways, to know that YOU matter, you are worthy and that you are deserving"
"I now know that talking about the struggles with my Mental Health are nothing to be scared off and I shouldn’t be ashamed or feel weak for having lived through them"
"Even in spite of a heavy workload and a ton of senior responsibilities, she always made time for me, regardless of whether it was to listen, offer practical help, or make me laugh"
"I found that people didn’t mention how I was doing after being in hospital for my mental health, but when I hurt my leg my room and my ward room was full of flowers."
Read Laura's poem "Kindness"
"...she showed me it’s okay to say something if I’m not feeling okay"
"Positivity comes from deep within, you can’t pour from an empty cup!"
"As I have started to share my story online, I have felt more and more accepted"
The Portsmouth and Southampton Time to change hub is delivered in partnership by Southampton City Council and Portsmouth City Council, co-ordinated by Solent Mind.
We are committed to the Hub being led by Champions. There are many ways that registered Champions can get involved in the direction of the Hub, including joining us at Steering Group meetings. If you’d like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.