Choose to talk about mental health this Time to Talk Day

Choose to talk about mental health this Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day 2020 takes place on Thursday 6 February – 1 in 4 people suffer with Mental Health issues and as high as 1 in 2 in some demographics of the UK.  There has never been a better time for your workplace to get involved in Time to Talk Day.

Talking about mental health can break down barriers.  Choose to talk about mental health this Time to Talk Day – today it’s #TimeToTalk. 

Time to Talk Day is encouraging everyone to have a conversation about mental health – whether that’s texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or organising a stigma-busting event.

Sadly, there is a stigma attached to mental health, where people are made to feel lonely, worthless and ashamed.  We’re still afraid to talk; not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. 

We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to.  The popular game ‘Would you rather?’ is being used this year to help break the ice and get the conversation flowing!

If you’re not familiar with the game, don’t worry – by asking one of their ‘Would you rather’ questions you’ll be able to start up a mental health conversation with your colleagues. The pack is full of tips, ideas and resources to help get your workplace talking – here’s the link:  https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/TtC%20Employers%20Pack%202020_0.pdf

So…Would you rather?

Sort through a mountain of emails OR find out how your workplace can support Time To Talk Day?

The more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

Time To Talk Day first launched in 2014 and since then, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online. 

It’s time to be preventative instead of reactive and provide a positive impact on people’s lives.  You can find more information here, along with resources, tips and ideas: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Here are some other useful resources for you may find useful for yourself or your colleagues:

Mind

Time to Change

Mental Health @ Work

Every Mind Matters

Mental Health Awareness Week