Time to Talk Day is the nation's biggest conversation on mental health.
Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in partnership with Co-op, Time To Talk Day takes place on 3rd February each year. The day is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health.
We all have mental health, by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.
Why talking is so important...
The aim is to remove the social stigma surrounding mental health and help people feel comfortable talking about their mental health struggles.
Removing the stigma creates environments where we can all feel supported and part of the community, where we feel empowered to talk openly without being judged, and most cruelly where we don't hesitate to seek help when we need it.
Our take on this year's Time To Talk Day
At SHP we often speak openly about mental ill health; with clinical staff, experts by experience and architects. We discuss daily the impact that well designed environments can have on wellbeing and recovery.
This doesn’t mean we’re always forthcoming about how we’re feeling personally. That’s why it’s so important for us to open up discussions within the team which can help to recognise and spot early signs of struggle.
It's not about how you do it,
it's about removing mental health stigma.
Whether you organise an event, walk and talk, go for lunch with a friend or just have a coffee and a conversation with your colleague by the office kettle, you'll no doubt be making a difference! Not only to the individual you talk to, but also to the wider community by helping mental health become a topic we're all comfortable with.
How to start the conversation?
Want to get involved but not sure how to do it? Check out ideas on how to take part in Time To Talk campaign throughout different settings:
And when you do get to talk, be sure to check tips to talk to find out how to approach the conversation in a helpful way: