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Ending Mental Health Discrimination

As part of World Mental Health Day activities the University and Students Union committed to signing the Time to Change Pledge. This page will be updated with details of how you can get involved in challenging mental health discrimination. In the meantime please access the Time to Change website for more information.

1 in 4 people in the wider population are affected by Mental Health issues each year, and 9 out of 10 face discrimination and stigma as a direct result.

The University and Students Union is committed to promoting good mental health for students and staff. To further support this Canterbury Christ Church University and Students Union are jointly committing to support the Time to Change Pledge. 

The Time to Change pledge is an employer lead pledge supporting an end to mental health discrimination funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund and facilitated by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness over 500 organisations, around 80 of whom are Universities and Student Unions have taken the pledge.

The aims of the campaign are to:

  • Improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
  • Reduce the amount of discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives and at work.
  • Make sure even more people with mental health problems can take action to challenge stigma and discrimination in their communities, in workplaces, in schools and online.
  • Create a sustainable campaign that will continue long into the future.

Our Time to Change Champions and why they support the pledge

Dr John Moss

Dr John Moss
Dean of the Faculty of Education


I have seen the damaging effects of mental illness in my own family. I have seen its devastating impact on people I care about deeply, including in relation to their work and study, and I have seen both constructive and unhelpful responses from employers and educational institutions. Where those responses have been unhelpful, it has usually been because of lack of understanding, openness, or capacity and resources.

Read John's full statement

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Jo Brand
Comedienne, writer, actress


It is clearly getting harder to cope with the stuff of life and the sometimes unexpected pressures of study, deadlines, financial worries, relationships – the list is endless – just a cauldron of crap that makes clear and rational thought slip and a horrible loneliness and isolation creep in. I don’t pretend to know the cause but we’re all vulnerable.

Read Jo's full statement

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Last edited: 06/11/2017 12:37:00