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

The University and Students’ Union signed the Time to Change pledge as part of the 2018 Golden Apple Awards, a great event run by the Students Union acknowledging staff commitment to students.

In front of 240 staff the then Time to Change Champions John Moss, Dean of Education and Krum Tashev, Students Union President pledged our support in raising awareness and reducing discrimination around mental health.

With 1 in 4 people affected by Mental Health issues each year, and 9 out of 10 people facing discrimination and stigma as a direct result, challenging and promoting understanding is something the University is proud to support.

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.

Employers making the pledge must develop a related action plan which is reviewed showing what actions will be undertaken in the following areas:

  • Demonstrating accountability and recruiting Employee Champions
  • Raising awareness about mental health
  • Updating and implementing policies to address mental health problems in the workplace
  • Asking staff to share their experience of mental health problems
  • Equipping line managers with the skills they need to talk about mental health

The University and Students Union established a working group to develop a joint Time to Change action plan. Now we have signed the pledge we will be working with Time to Change to explore training and development activities available to staff on the working group and those wishing to support the principles of the pledge.


Show your support

If you want to act as a Champion for Mental Health and/or support Time to Change or any other mental health awareness activities please contact chantelle.cohen@canterbury.ac.uk

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

Please remember 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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