Community Champions are trained leaders and activists who will play a lead role in stopping mental health stigma and discrimination in their local communities.
Who are the Champions?
The Champions all have lived experience so are passionate about making a difference by identifying locally where discrimination exists, coming up with ideas and projects to challenge it.
Since October 2014 we have trained three groups of Champions, in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. 30 champions have completed training and are starting projects in a variety of locations.
We had a chat with two of our Champions, Jane and Louise, who went from being Champions, to Champion trainers. Find out how they have found the process here.
Some of the projects include:
- Working with students to tackle self-stigma
- Pass the Badge Campaign
- Exploring stigma within the healthcare system
- Community consultations to raise awareness and getting people involved
- Working with trade unions and HR to improve policies and practise regarding mental health in the workplace
Glasgow Champions after completing training
Community champions might also:
- Run events
- Devise local campaigns
- Speak in schools and workplaces as part of a wider programme
- Spread the See Me message at community groups
- Encourage people to join the movement
- Gather local stories and experiences to share with us
What is involved?
Champion Training takes place over a 3-4 month period, with approximately one training session a month. In between sessions Champions have reflective and planning tasks to complete. They also have meetings with their mentor at key points during the training programme.
How can I get involved?
If you're someone who understands the impact mental health stigma and discrimination can have on people’s lives then we would love to hear from you.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, G1 1UZ or by phone on 0141 530 1022.