Since 2011, Time to Change (TTC)’s children and young people’s programme has been working to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of young people and families around mental health. Time to Change is committed to continuing to create a culture where discrimination on the grounds of mental health problems is a thing of the past. By sharing your experiences of mental health problems with your friends, family, in blogs, on social media, in schools and in the media you will play a key role in helping us to improve the attitudes and behaviour of public.
TTC Young Champions will receive training in campaigning and how to challenge stigma and discrimination as well as an introduction to the work of Time to Change. TTC Young Champions will be ‘every day champions’ by raising awareness whenever they can in their daily life, such as speaking openly to a friend or family member, writing a blog or speaking out on social media.
Other optional opportunities include training to speak to the media and in schools.
Previous TTC Young Champions have given very positive feedback on their experiences of being a champion, experiencing increased confidence and satisfaction from making a difference to other young people by sharing their stories.
- Between 16 and 25 years of age.
- Someone who has personal experience of mental health problems.
- Someone who wants to see a society where everyone feels comfortable to talk about mental health.
- Able to communicate effectively.
- Happy to share some time and energy to help us change things.
- Someone who doesn’t judge others and values the fact that everyone is different.
- Good at listening to people and hearing their point of view, even if it is different to your own.
- Happy to take the initiative to seek new opportunities.
- Interested in speaking about your experiences or blogging or speaking to the media.
- Keen to gain training in how to be a campaigner.
- Attend relevant training. 2 x full days of training on 10th and 11th September 2016 in London.
- Deliver at least 10 activities per year. These can be in various forms and you will receive training and support to help you achieve this.
- Become social leaders willing to address stigma and discrimination..
- Work with the children and young people’s team to shape the way we communicate and engage with other young people.
What will you gain?
- You will be an integral part of an exciting project that will contribute to the ending of stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.
- You will work alongside and become part of a growing group of young people from all walks of life with many different experiences who will come together to make a difference.
- You will be able to take advantage of training and support to build key skills that can be added to your CV.
- You will engage with professionals, organisations and partners to work towards educating others and changing attitudes and behaviours towards mental illness.
- We will pay your reasonable travel expenses to attend training and social contact opportunities.
What we want from you
- Commitment to attend the training sessions.
- Agreement to treat each other, facilitators and guests with respect.
- Download the application form.
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