Time to Change Surrey is a campaign and programme to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health. Time to Change Surrey reaches out to businesses, colleges and communities, to people from different backgrounds, race, cultures and faith and across the diversity and equality spectrum.

Commissioned by Surrey County Council Public Health, Time to Change Surrey is delivered by three well established not for profit organisations in Surrey, Catalyst, Mary Frances Trust (both of whom run Community Connections in Surrey) and Acting Out Productions which provides drama-based training and awareness raising.

We have a team running the project plus volunteers who make up our Lived Experience and Mental Health Champions.

WHAT WE DO

Over the years, Time to Change Surrey has reached thousands of people and provided information and expertise to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Our main aim is to reduce the stigma people who live with mental health issues experience.

Some of the ways we do this are:

  • Workshops, presentations and conversations about mental health with members of the public, from the team of Mental Health Champions, all people who live directly or indirectly (e.g. carers) with mental health issues;
  • Live dramas created and performed by professional actors from Acting Out Productions;
  • Drama based training sessions that include practical guidelines on spotting symptoms of mental ill health, helping someone and signposting to appropriate organisations and resources.

We engage with as many people as possible across the county within the workplace, education and diverse communities including BAME; LGBTQ+; Gypsy, Roma, Traveller; young adults; professionals in health and care; local government; local media and the general public.