A campaign to encourage people to take ‘Time to Talk’ in a bid to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health, is being championed by NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Too many people with mental health problems can feel embarrassed or even ashamed to talk about their issues, but getting people talking can go a long way to help.
Although Time to Talk Day falls on 6th Feb, talking about mental health is something we should be doing all year round.
Latest statistics show that approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week.*
Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects so many of us.
There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk and listening to someone talk about how they feel.
All too often people who are experiencing a mental health illness keep it to themselves and are worried about what other people might think of them. But Time to Talk Day is a fantastic opportunity to have that conversation about how you are feeling with a colleague or a friend. Talking to someone can really help.
Conversations really do have the power to change lives, wherever they take place. It’s easy to think that 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. Having these all-important conversations can make a huge difference to so many people. The more we talk, the more lives we can change.
There are lots of options and services available in Warwickshire including; Big White Wall – an anonymous online community, free to people living in Warwickshire, available 24/7 www.bigwhitewall.com;
Mental Health Matters Helpline – a team of experienced and trained support workers, available 24/7 0800 61 61 71 (0300 330 5487 from mobiles);
Wellbeing Hubs – free face-to-face, one-to-one support, walk-in and drop-in sessions www.cwmind.org.uk/wbw or call 02477 712288;
The IAPT service is for people who are feeling stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed, providing advice, information and therapy - call 02476 671090 to self-refer;
For children and young people there’s Rise - Warwickshire’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services and support. Call 0300 200 2021 or visit www.cwrise.com.
If you or someone you know needs urgent help, there are phone numbers and advice available at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/getting-help.
Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how people think and act about mental health problems led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. For information, material and resources on how to have your very own Time to Talk day, visit https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day