It's Time to Talk about Mental Health

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.

University and Students Union to sign the Time to Change Pledge

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 Time to Change pledge is an employer lead pledge supporting an end to mental health discrimination. It is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund and facilitated by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The University and Students Union is committed to promoting good mental health for students and staff. To further support this on 1st March, University Mental Health Day, Canterbury Christ Church University and Students Union signs the Taime to Change Pledge.

Some of the actions the University has taken around mental health includes:

  • Appointing a new Student Mental Wellbeing and Counselling Services Manager>
  • Rolling out the Mental Health First Aid training programme to front line staff
  • Establishing a Time to Change working group with representatives from across the University has been established
  • Developing a Time to Change action plan
  • Staff sharing personal experiences
  • Encouraging staff and students to make personal pledges stating practical things they will do to challenge mental health discrimination
  • Running activities for staff and students on mental health awareness days

More information on this initiative including our Time to Change action plan will be available here soon.

To show your support for an end to mental health discrimination please make the Time to Change pledge. This can be done as an individual, household, club etc. and is a chance for you to state what support you will give. If you would like details of your pledge to appear on this site please send details or send a photograph etc. to equality-and-diversity@canterbury.ac.uk

There is no closing date on pledges they are always welcome.

A template of the pledge can be found on this page.

If you do need any support in relation to mental health or any other matter please get in touch with Student Support, Health and Wellbeing or for staff access our Staff Wellbeing resources


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

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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