Today is Time to Talk Day 2018! The aim of which is to bring the country together to get talking and break the silence surrounding mental health problems.
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed; one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result.
Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health; to talk, to listen, to change lives. Wherever you are; at home, at work or up the top of a mountain! Have your conversation about mental health today. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health.
Time to Talk Day first began in 2014 and has instigated millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online. People have felt able to share their experiences without shame for the first time, and have started supporting those around them. After that first conversation, people feel more comfortable talking about mental health and more likely to talk about it again; that one chat can have a huge impact. Since it’s launch, Time to Talk Day has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.
The campaign is run by Time to Change to help spread the word that anywhere can be the right place to talk about mental health; including at work. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. To find out more about the day, visit: www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018
Below is a short video supporting the campaign:
If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help. Time to Change is focusing on changing how we all think and act about mental health. There are lots of people who can; some are listed here:
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Elefriends is a supportive online communitywhere you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.
Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them. If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.