We asked you, the public, to send us any questions you wanted answered about the experiences of living with mental health problems.
Our local Champions have answered, drawing on their own lived experience.
Watch the video now!
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.
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!
The Champions’ Fund can help you run your own anti-stigma event! Successful applications support people with lived experience of a mental health problem to run activities and start conversations with people who may not have lived experience, which we call social contact. As long as you are a registered Champion you can apply for up to £500 to run an event in Southampton or Portsmouth!
Whilst this is currently not feasible you can still submit a social contact event idea that can happen later in the year. Alternatively you can submit an application to us with an idea for an event that can take place virtually. We’d love to hear from you and support your idea!
Thank you to everyone who sent in questions!
Our Southampton & Portsmouth Time to Change Hub ran an "Ask Us Anything" campaign from 10th - 17th September, where you got to ask our Champions about their experiences of mental health problems. We want to raise awareness of what living with a mental health problem is really like, from the perspective of people who have been there. This was your opportunity to ask those questions you've always wanted to know, but were either too scared or didn't have anyone to ask; while helping us to shine a light on the realities of mental health.
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 10th October for World Mental Health Day! The video will be available to see on our social media channels and here on our webpage.
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* Disclaimer - We will answer as many questions as we can, but we can't promise we will get to all of them!
"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.