Who are we and what do we do?

We are a group of York residents, employers, and employees coming together to share, as much or as little of, our mental health experiences through a variety of means to help end mental health stigma and discrimination in York. Our work includes projects on stigmatising language, the use of creativity (poetry, video, photography, blogs, art), radio interviews, and so much more, to change attitudes and beliefs towards people with experience of mental illness.


What can you do?

Like and share our social media to show your support:

Become a Time to Change York Community Champion Share your lived experience of mental health (openly or anonymously) in any way you choose – our Coordinator, Emma, our steering group, and our Champions group will support you to do this.

Join our employers’ group During 2021 we are focusing our efforts on ending mental health stigma and discrimination in our workplaces. We are looking for everyone (CEO’s, line managers, staff, retirees, HR professionals, health professionals, unemployed) with or without experience of mental ill-health to help us to create mentally health workplaces. Join the likes of Aviva, Benenden Health, Nestle, and Portakabin as we work to improve workplace wellbeing for everyone in York.


Contact us to join our network:

To find out more and to become involved with Time to Change York, please email our Project Coordinator Emma: timetochange@yorkcvs.org.uk

Reading Event for Time to Talk Day 2021

4 February 2021, 19:00 

Time to Change York would like to invite you all, whether you are a writer or not, and whether you have experience of emotional distress or not, to join us for a relaxed evening of poetry reading and short creative non-fiction reading for your wellbeing.

This event will take place using Zoom and a Zoom meeting link will be sent to you nearer the time.

What will happen on the evening:

  • 7pm Brief introduction to the event and housekeeping
  • 7.10 Readings – people (that means anyone – no qualifications required) will read their work, or the work of others, for a maximum of 5 minutes each
  • 7.50pm Brief introduction to Time to Change York and the purpose of Time to Talk Day and how sharing experiences of emotional distress can help to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
  • 8.00pm Break
  • 8.10pm Readings continue
  • 8.50pm Final remarks
  • 9pm Close

How can you take part:

1. Sign up for general attendance to listen to the full event as an audience member.

Or 2. Sign up for a 5 minute slot to read some of your own poems/writing on your experiences of mental illness / distress / wellbeing (you will also attend the full event to listen to the other readings).

Or 3. Sign up for a 5 minute slot to read one of the poems written by Time to Change Champions up and down the country as part of our national poetry book launching in the new year. We will email you a pdf of the book and you can choose which poem(s) you would like to read (you will also attend the full event to listen to the other readings).

If you have any questions about this event please email Emma at timetochange@yorkcvs.org.uk.

Time to change York is hosted by York CVS and funded by City of York Council.