Become a mental health champion: join our Time to Change hub

Become a mental health champion

Time to Change hubs are networks of local organisations and individuals committed to tackling negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

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We’re looking for people who have experience of mental health problems to become Time to Change champions. Our champions will be supported and funded to use their experience to change the way people think and act about mental health. They’ll play an important role in making a real difference in their community.

We are also proud to launch our Time to Change Employer pledge which outlines our commitment as an employer to support mental health and wellbeing and support positive attitudes to mental health in the work environments. Read more below.

A powerful way to challenge mental health stigma is by someone who has experience of mental health problems telling their own story. It helps to end shame and isolation around mental health.

We want you to feel confident to hold meaningful conversations with people who haven’t had this experience. This will help challenge their misconceptions and negative stereotypes around mental health.

To help you do this, you’ll receive training from the national Time to Change campaign, plus ongoing support from the local champions’ network and hub co-ordinator.

As a champion, you can contribute as much, or as little, time as you wish.

Once you’re a champion, you can apply for funding from our Champions’ Fund to help support your campaign initiatives.

For more information about becoming a champion and examples of champion-led initiatives, please visit the the Time to Change website.

To become a Time to Change champion or to find out more about our campaign please contact Waltham Forest hub co-ordinator, Chris O’Sullivan at

You can also register on the Time to Change website.

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We launched our Champions’ Fund. This is a £10,000 pot of money to help champions with personal experience challenge mental health stigma in their communities.

Each applicant can apply for up to £500.

The funding must be used to spark conversations between people who have experienced mental health problems and those who have not.

To apply for funding, applicants must:

  • be registered Time to Change champions (Contact Chris to register)
  • be at least 18 years old
  • have lived experience of a mental health problem (includes carers, friends and relatives)
  • complete social contact training - contact Chris to book training
  • live in Waltham Forest

You can apply anytime from now until July 2019 for funding.

All applications will be contacted once applications have been assessed by Time to Change hub local panel. 

Apply for the funding today

If you need help with your application, please contact our hub co-ordinator, Chris, at on 07555 717239 or Monica Hill on 020 8496 4626

One in six workers are dealing with anxiety, depression or stress and nine out of ten say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. 

As the biggest employer in the borough, we want to help break the silence and end the stigma. We are therefore committed to ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem, and that all our staff are supported to speak openly about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

We encourage all employers in the borough to sign the Time to Change Employer’s pledge.
As part of the pledge we commit to:

  • review all mental health relevant policies by March 2020
  • increase awareness of the services and support that are available to our staff and residents around mental health and wellbeing
  • deliver mental health awareness, mental health first aid and resilience training   to staff and managers

For more information, please contact:

The Waltham Forest time to change hub is led by the council's public health team, co-ordinated by Crest Waltham Forest and supported by our wider partners:

  • Community Waltham Forest
  • Leyton Orient Trust
  • Harmony Health hub
  • Healthwatch
  • OrganicLea
  • Waltham Forest Faith Communities Forum 
  • Change, Grow, Live
  • Youth health champions
  • YMCA
  • North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT)
  • Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

In Waltham Forest there are various activities and services which will enable you thrive and maintain good mental health ranging from sports to talking therapies. Here are a few:

Talking Therapies offers psychological support for people experiencing a range of mental health difficulties.

Kooth offers online counselling service for young people, aged 13-24, as well as articles around emotional wellbeing. The service is open:

  • 7 days per week, 365 days a year
  • 12 midday to 10pm weekdays
  • 6pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sundays

Good Thinking is a free digital mental wellbeing service to help people to self-assess and self-manage their mental wellbeing issues online resources, mindfulness training and live peer to peer forums.

Samaritans phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for those who need someone to talk to about their problems. You can call their free line on 116 123.

Coping Through Football, a project delivered in partnership by Leyton Orient Trust, LPFF and NELFT, offers football activities to young people and adults experiencing  mental health difficulties.

Our Parks offers various activities every day for free in Waltham Forest, such as dance fit, pilates, social sport, yoga, and more.

Enjoy Waltham Forest has various walks, cycling and football events for the family throughout the year.

YMCA East London Youth Service offers a range of activities including sports and hair and beauty, workshops, trips and a confidential sexual health drop in service.