After losing financial support from the government, the mental health campaign Time to Change has announced it will be closing next year.
The campaign which was set up by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness seeks to improve people’s attitude towards mental illness. It has operated successfully for the last 15 years though will formally close on 31 March 2021.
The campaign points to significant changes since its launch with 5.4 million people now having improved attitudes towards those of us living with mental health problems. Research also shows people’s willingness to live, work and continue a relationship with someone experiencing a mental health problem has also increased by 11.6%.
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said: “Over 13 million adults in England, that’s 1 in 4 of us, will experience a mental health problem each year. Thanks to the Time to Change movement, we have seen an outstanding improvement in the way we all think and act about mental health. Many more of us are now comfortable disclosing a mental health problem without shame or fear of judgement. Ultimately this is the very first step in getting the help, support and treatment we need, and deserve.”
“We had hoped to continue to fight for equity and end discrimination, working with these communities and others whose lives continue to be severely impacted. Sadly, we will not be able to carry out this vital work but will spend the coming months making sure that our ambition is driven forward within the work of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.”
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