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This local Time to Change Hub is a partnership between people with their own lived experience of mental health problems (Champions), Mind Halton and Halton Borough Council. We are part of a network of over 40 Hubs across England and together we are working to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Time to Change Halton aim is to change how those who live and work in Halton think and act about mental health problems reducing mental health stigma.

Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless.

Attitudes stop people getting the help and support they need. Without support from those around them individuals can lose what they care about most, their job, family, friends, home and in the most extreme circumstances their life.

And so together with local Time to Change Champions we aim to work with and support local middle-aged men talk about and tackle the stigma of mental health.

Our local Hub works with all adults aged 18 years plus however, we are paying special attention in tackling mental health stigma in middle aged men in Halton as evidence has highlighted 75% of local suicides are male and recent research by Time to Change demonstrating only 34% of men would talk openly about their mental health. Men tend to not think that mental health is relevant to them and social and cultural barriers prevent men from opening up about mental health.