Mind comments on Time to Change evaluation

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has shown there has been an 11.5% reduction in average levels of discrimination faced by those with mental health problems. The study covers the first phase of England’s Time to Change anti-stigma programme (run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) which ran between 2007 and 2011 and was funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief.

Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, commented:

“It is fantastic that the first phase of Time to Change has already resulted in a marked decrease in discrimination towards people with mental health problems. This research clearly shows how effective and worthwhile this campaign has been in tackling stigma. However we know that it is not possible to change deep-seated stigma overnight and that people affected by mental health problems still face discrimination far too often.

We are already engaged in a second phase of this evidence-based campaign and hope to see further significant changes to improve the everyday lives of people with mental health problems.”