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Stamping Out Stigma

Our Birmingham Mind Associates group, derived from the now expired Time to Change Movement,

Time to Change was a social movement that reached millions of people and made significant progress in reducing Mental Health stigma and discrimination. However despite this progress, we know that many people still don’t consider mental health relevant to them. They don’t believe mental health problems are likely to affect them or people they know.

But the reality is that mental health can affect anyone. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That’s why our work is so important. No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.

The Birmingham Mind Associate Group use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health.

Being an associate is flexible and voluntary. You can do what you have time for and what you’re comfortable doing.

“Being Chair of the Birmingham Mind Steering group has helped me to feel more involved, regarding mental health services in Birmingham today. I also feel a lot more confident and empowered as an individual and especially as someone with lived experience, from what I have learned and experienced in this role. I am deeply grateful for this role and I am happy that I am able to help, in anyway I can, towards tackling mental health stigma and discrimination in the UK”

Fharhuna Choudhury, Chair of the Birmingham Mind Associates Group

By working as Birmingham Mind Associate you can help lead the way in tackling stigma and discrimination across our city, this might include involvement and activities like

  • Running a Birmingham Mind Associate activity
  • Telling your lived experience story
  • Receive funding to support a campaign or project you feel passionate about.
  • Have a mental health conversation to reduce the stigma in your local community
  • Speaking up against hurtful and damaging comments about mental health

Our associate group meets bi-monthly (currently online)

If you’d like to find out more, or you’d like to join our Birmingham Mind Associate Group, please get in touch

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Speak Out to Stamp Out Stigma

Time To Change Video

“Being an associate has helped me to rediscover who I am and gave me a voice which I had lost. Vocalising my lived experiences has reignited my fire, empowered others and played a part in reducing mental health stigma in the city. We are positive that with our dedication and commitment will bring change.”

Sabika, Co-Chair of the Birmingham Mind Associate Group