A campaign to encourage people to take ‘Time to Talk’ in a bid to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health is being championed by NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Time to Talk Day, which takes place on Thursday 6 February, aims to get everyone in the local area talking about mental health, to help prevent people from feeling isolated when they are struggling.
Too many people with mental health problems can often feel embarrassed or even ashamed about talking about their concerns but getting people talking can go a long way to help.
Latest statistics show that approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.*
Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects so many of us. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk and listening to someone talk about how they feel.
Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:
“All too often people who are experiencing a mental health illness keep it to themselves and are worried about what other people might think of them. But Time to Talk Day is a fantastic way of having that awkward conversation that you have been putting off with a colleague or a friend, by just having a conversation with someone can really help.
“Conversations really do have the power to change lives, wherever they take place. It’s easy to think that there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Having these all-important conversations can make a huge difference to so many people. The more we talk, the more lives we can change.”
Local mental health advice and support is available in Wolverhampton including Stress Less, mental health helplines and low mood. For more details visit https://bit.ly/2RT5EF9
Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how people think and act about mental health problems led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. For information, material and resources on how to have your very own Time to Talk day, visit https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day.