Mental Health Together Holds Walk and Talk to Support Time to Talk Day
Mental Health Together will be holding a walk and talk event on Thursday 1st February as part of a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health and this year, for the first time, the event is UK wide. People can struggle to find the right time or place to talk about mental health, so this year, Time to Change is asking people to have a conversation wherever they are – at home, at school, or even at the top of a mountain.
Since its launch in 2014, 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.
Mental Health Together will join thousands of other groups, organisations, schools and members of the public, who will all be having conversations about mental health on Time to Talk Day. Activity planned for the day by Mental Health Together will include staff from both patient watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire and Mental Health Together taking time out of their day to partake in a scenic walk through Milford whilst talking about mental health issues. 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice.
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Niki Glazier Engagement Officer at Mental Health Together said: “We are taking part in Time to Talk Day because mental health is a topic that we should all feel able to talk about. Having these all important conversations can make a big difference to many people. The more we talk, the more lives we can change.”
Sue Baker OBE, Director of Time to Change, said: “Mental health problems are common and can affect any one of us, yet too often people are afraid to talk openly about mental health for fear of being judged. It’s easy to think 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 and Time to Talk Day is a chance for everyone to open up – to talk, to listen, to change lives.”
For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018