Thursday, 25 March 2021

The Cambridges Share Message Amidst Time to Change Closure

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a message thanking everyone who has been involved in Time to Change's campaign to end mental health stigma. Following fifteen years of tireless efforts, Time to Change is sadly closing its doors next month due to the government's decision to end funding.

The Duchess said, "Movements like Time to Change have helped to transform attitudes and encourage more openness about mental health in schools, communities and the workplace. However, the work isn’t done yet and we cannot afford to stop here. It's so important that we value our mental health just as much as we value our physical health." William added, "Over the past 15 years, Time to Change champions have inspired and supported thousands of people across the country, and mental health has now, at last, moved into the mainstream as part of our daily lives."


It's incredibly sad news and there will be an important piece missing in the ongoing battle to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health in the UK. It was set up in 2006 by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in response to immense challenges faced by struggling people. The charities knew attitudes needed to change and set out to educate, inform and campaign for better understanding. Their efforts were admirable. The campaign found a 12.7% improvement in public attitudes, equating to 5.4 million people, an increase in public knowledge around mental health of 10%, and a reduction in discrimination reported by people with lived experience. So much has been achieved, yet there is still much to do in this area. Amid the fallout from the pandemic, mental health supports are more vital than ever.

There were initial bursts of funding from Comic Relief with ongoing support from the Department of Health and Social Care, which will not be continuing. The charity shared their reaction to the disappointing news, saying, "At the beginning of November we received written confirmation from Government of its decision to stop funding Time to Change. We were very disappointed that the letter did not outline the Government’s plans to address mental health stigma and discrimination into the future."

Below, a special video filled with highlights and personal stories.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said:

 “Over 13 million adults in England, that’s 1 in 4 of us, will experience a mental health problem each year. Thanks to the Time to Change movement, we have seen an outstanding improvement in the way we all think and act about mental health. Many more of us are now comfortable disclosing a mental health problem without shame or fear of judgement. Ultimately this is the very first step in getting the help, support and treatment we need, and deserve.

“Time to Change has created a strong legacy where more people living with mental health problems are able to live their lives to the full without stigma damaging their relationships, education, career and ambitions. But despite phenomenal progress, our research shows that certain groups have not yet felt the benefit of improvements in public attitudes or behaviour change – including those living with less understood diagnoses such as schizophrenia or people from black and minority ethnic communities.

“We had hoped to continue to fight for equity and end discrimination, working with these communities and others whose lives continue to be severely impacted. Sadly, we will not be able to carry out this vital work but will spend the coming months making sure that our ambition is driven forward within the work of Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.  

Jo added: “We know that in times of financial hardship, attitudes towards people with mental health problems tend to deteriorate, so there is a real threat that the improvements we’ve achieved will slide backwards. Right now, the true impact of the pandemic on our mental health is still unknown. What we do know is that there are difficult and uncertain times ahead and it has never been more important to look after ourselves and our friends and family: to talk, to listen and to check-in. That is why we will be working with individuals, organisations and communities right up until the last moment of our current funding and encouraging them to continue campaigning into the future.”

Below, the Cambridges meeting volunteers from Time to Change on World Mental Health Day 2015.

The Duchess wore a black turtleneck and gold hoop earrings.

Time to Change has shared a page with ways to help its parent charities in the future.

18 comments:

  1. Love the black turtle neck. Dress it up or dress it down, it always works. My Kate hair has really reached a new level in length. I don't recall ever seeing it this long. I absolutely love her in straight hair but I think perhaps she could loose about 6 inches.

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    1. Covid hair, but much nicer than mine with 6 inch white roots.

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    2. Her hair was longer than this three month after George's birth, USA Granny. Find it on google searching for "long hair kate" and then look at the pictures. I was amazed how long it was back then.

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    3. I agree! I like her hair a little shorter.

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  2. USA Granny, check out the 2013 picture here: https://www.tatler.com/gallery/the-duchess-of-cambridge-hair-evolution-and-different-hairstyles

    ;-)

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    1. What an evolution of styles. Think I love the 2019 length when she took George and Charlotte to school the best. She just has beautiful hair, no matter what length.

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  3. What a lovely gesture.

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  4. Susan in Florida25 March 2021 at 22:35

    I’m confused here. It’s the wording that the government will not fund the charity. In the US , the state or federal government will give grants of money to charities that qualify to apply. it is only meant to be a part of the organization’s budget, and not every group receives one. Does the UK government fund charities in full?

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    1. The UK government also gives supplementary grants to some charities as in the US, but it is under tremendous financial strain with covid19 at the moment and is having to prioritise its spending. Unfortunately charities are also very stretched and some are having to cut back their services. This is happening worldwide and not just in UK,

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    2. No. But government funding is often crucial.

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  5. Such an inspiring couple. They brighten my day

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  6. Such a lovely video message- it's a shame that something so helpful to many is being closed due to lack of funding. Kate looks so relaxed, her hair looks amazing. It's always lovely to see William and Kate supporting something so integral.

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  7. Love the message. Catherine looks wonderful. Her hair is gorgeous. I like it both curled and straighter. The black turtleneck with gold earrings ia always a classic choice but maybe not the best for a video call as her head appears to be floating:)

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  8. It is very sad that still in this time and age an illness carries such a stigma, as Mental Illness, so many bad things happen because people in need don't get the help or they are a shamed of asking for help. I am glad the Cambridge's talk about it and try to shine some light to the problem.

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  9. I'm glad that they are continuing their work in this area as it's so important. Normally I comment on Kate's clothes but this time I'm going to mention my love of the plant behind Kate: it would look really good in my home!

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    1. That's a beautiful container of what looks like 'paperwhites', very worthy of a mention Kate fan!

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  10. Well the Duke and duchess really d great job focussing on their thing mental health these aged of pandemic. Many pepe need these thing

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  11. Unlike many, I love Kate in long hair. I seem to be in a minority, but my most beloved hairstyle of hers is dark, long hair. Anyway, this might be a long shot, but it seems to me that Kate uses her hair as a shield, a protection, kind of help in times that she might feel less confident. Hear me up: she cut her hair a few years into her marriage, once she settled in. Then she cut her hair after having Louis, and we all agreed that after his birth, she git a whole new level of confidence and radiance. On the other hand, her hair was long when she was a new mother, possibly insecure, now when she is exhausted after a year of isolation and she might be feeling sad because of not seeing her family, her husband being possibly upset etc. This makes me feel like Kate uses her hair to boost up her confidence and strength. I don't think we could blame the lockdown as she clearly has her hair dyed, so she could easily chop off a few inches if she wanted to.
    Marlies

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