Nottingham City formally launched as Time to Change Hub, supported by Nottingham Playhouse and Self Help UK
Nottingham City Council has formally launched itself as a Time to Change Hub, which has been set up to change how we all think and act about mental health locally. Nottingham Playhouse and Self Help UK are two of the first City employers to sign the pledge to do their bit to fight stigma.
The signing of the pledges will take place at the Playhouse, following the matinee performance on 17th November, of ‘The Madness of George III’ the theatre’s current production, starring Mark Gatiss of League of Gentlemen fame. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion about the nature of mental health with professionals and people with lived experience who share their stories about stigma and why it is so important to talk openly about mental health and the impact it has on us all. One in four people will experience mental distress at some point in their lives – and this is something that should be acknowledged and discussed openly.
Time to Change Hubs are networks of local organisations and individuals committed to ending negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems in their communities.
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. But with the right support from those around them, people can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life. Encouraging people to open up to mental health – to talk and to listen – is the first step.
Sarah Collis, CEO at Self Help UK, said:
"Self Help UK is honoured to work alongside people with lived experience of mental health problems to create the Time to Change Hub in Nottingham. Our pledge to our staff and volunteers as a Time to Change Employer is testament to the strength and inspiration we gain from the members of the self help groups we support. We know that sharing experiences can help people feel less isolated and that together we can change the way mental illness is perceived by challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health. "
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health at Nottingham City Council, commented:
“There is already some excellent work going on in the city to reduce mental health discrimination and stigma, but it’s great to now have the Nottingham Time to Change Hub to bring together our activities so that they have even more impact.
Nottingham City Council signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge in 2014 and continues to take action to reduce mental health stigma in the workplace. I would encourage any employer to take the Employer Pledge as it focuses activity to improve the mental health of their employers.”
Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse added:
"We are delighted to be supporting this important and timely initiative. The Madness of George III highlights the major shifts in societal attitudes to mental health, not just in the 200 years since George III ruled, but also in the last 25 years when Alan Bennett wrote the play. The arts can be an intense environment to work in, with pressurised deadlines, unsociable hours and under-resourced facilities. Nottingham Playhouse takes the mental health of our staff and the freelancers we collaborate with seriously, and we’re delighted to publically commit to continuing to do so."