The 4th of February marks one of the biggest days in the mental health calendar, especially this year as it is the final year Time to Change will be hosting Time to Talk Day. So, we need to get more people across the nation talking about mental health to carry on their legacy – together we can end mental health stigma. This year’s theme is, “The power of small” highlighting how small conversations about mental health have the power to make a big difference.
Talking about mental health is so important because it changes lives. We ALL have mental health. Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year.
Sadly, a lot of people feel isolated and ashamed when it comes to mental health due to the stigma that is attached to it. The more we talk about mental health the more we can break down the stigma.
Educating yourself and others around mental health is a big step in the right direction, take the mental health quiz to test how much you know about mental health.
In this video from Time to Change, people who have been affected by negative attitudes towards their mental health share the impact words can have:
If you are struggling with your mental health or need to talk to someone about how you are feeling, there are many organisations you can turn to for help and support.
Mind provide confidential mental health information services. Their phoneline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. You can contact them on 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463 or email [email protected]
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call your local NHS helpline or 111. You can find your local helpline here.