Time To Talk Day
Thursday 6th February is Time to Talk Day. Mental health charities Rethink and Mind are leading the campaign that aims to show that “It’s the little things that make a big difference” when it comes to mental health – such as having a cup of tea and a chat.
On Time to Talk Day we want people to do just that! Time to Change aim to have a million conversations, to show that mental health problems are common and having those conversations needn’t be as hard as people sometimes fear.
Many people don’t think twice about talking about their physical illness – a headache or a broken arm. But most won’t talk about their mental illness. The effects are as real as a broken arm; just because we can’t see it straight away, it doesn’t mean that it’s not real.
If we looked a bit closer we might just be able to see it; if we went a step further and talked about it, maybe we could help.
Words can be so powerful and a simple text, letter or chat can let someone know they’re not alone in dealing with mental illness.
Mental illness should not be shrouded in shame and secrecy, so let’s shout it from the rooftops, because the more we talk, the more we know and if we know, maybe we can help.
Over the last few years there have been huge steps made in ending discrimination because of sexuality and ethnicity and now it’s time to do the same for mental health. It’s time to talk.
Join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TimetoTalk
For more information go to the Time To Change website.
by Natasha Bolton, Marketing and Events Intern