Kingston is one of just eight areas across the country to be awarded funding to become a Time to Change Hub where anti-stigma and anti-discrimination activities will be run in the area.
With 1 in 4 people fighting a mental health problem in any given year, an end to mental health stigma is much overdue.
These hubs work with Champions to end the negative attitudes and behaviours against mental health. Kingston is receiving £25,000 that will be used to start the hub and create a Champion’s Fund.
But what are Champions?
Champions are people with personal experience of mental health problems, who are put into the deepest part of the campaign to vocalise that getting help is not a bad thing. These people are passionately working to get rid of the negative stigma on mental health.
Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Liz Green, said: “All too often mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject which can prevent people seeking help when they need it.”
“This announcement is fantastic news for the borough, and we are looking forward to working with our local partners, and with Time to Change, to make a real difference here in Kingston.”
To read more about the work Time for Change do, click here