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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.

Time to Talk Day, Thursday 1st February 2018

We want the University to be a community where people can talk about mental health openly, where we take notice and listen when others want or need to talk about mental health.

We can start doing this now. Organised by Time to Change, Thursday 1st February is Time to Talk Day, use the day as an opportunity to start talking about mental health.

For more information on the day and resources go to Time to Talk 2018

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

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 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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