Time to Talk Day takes place on Thursday 1st of February 2018. The day was created by Time to Change a movement created by Mental Health Charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The days aim is to get people together to start the conversation about mental health and to help break the stigma and raise awareness. Time to Talk day encourages everyone to talk about mental health not just people who experience a mental health problem. Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people, yet there is still a stigma that stops those struggling from speaking out and getting the help they need. By talking about our mental health we can reduce the stigma, improve relationships and encourage recovery. Time to Talk day was launched in 2014 and since then it has helped create thousands of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, and online. You can hold events to get people involved and talking or just have a cup of tea with a friend, family member or work colleague. Time to change has a handy tool on their website with tips on how to give support to different people in your life you can see this here.
Charity Just Talk Campaign works in partnership with exploringU Counselling to raise awareness and help those in need. The charity’s and exploringU’s aim is to eradicate stigma that surrounds mental health difficulties. Just Talk Campaign offers low cost counselling with a trainee counsellor and free monthly drop in sessions to help support people. See group dates here. The drop in group sessions encourage people to come and talk about anything that is concerning them in a safe and confidential environment with other trained therapists and other people also needing support. The aim of these groups is help people feel less alone. If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a therapist one on one, Just Talk offers affordable therapy with a trainee counsellor with no waiting list.
Please do go and see your GP if you are struggling with stress or your emotional wellbeing. Or alternatively you can speak to the Samaritans 24/7 for free at 116 123 if you need to talk.
Find out more about the event here.