One in four of us is affected by mental health problems every year. The ‘Time to Talk Day’ campaign aims to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. This year it will be held on 4th February 2021 and the theme is ‘The Power of Small’. The idea behind this is by having small conversions about mental health you can make a big difference to people’s lives.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there has never been a more important time for us to connect with each other and talk about mental health. Time to Talk Day encourages the nation to talk openly about mental health.
Here are some things you can do on Time to Talk Day:
- Send a text message to family and friends to let them know you are there to support them
- Organise a virtual coffee morning (can be as little as 15 minutes) with family and friends to discuss mental health issues
- Go on a socially distanced walk with members of your household and start a conversation on mental health (please follow current lockdown Government guidelines)
- If you are working on 4th February 2021, why not have an informal chat about mental health with a colleague over a brew and a cake virtually?
Struggling to get the conversation started on mental health? Not to worry, here are some tips for talking about mental health.
Time to Talk Day Virtual Festival
There will be an exciting ‘virtual festival’ between 3 – 4 February 2021 which you could get involved in from the comfort of your home. There will be lots of online activities such as cooking, yoga and dance sessions, where everyone can come together and feel inspired to talk about mental health.
The festival is open to everyone and is FREE to join in. For more information on the Virtual festival and how to get involved, please visit the Time to Change website.
Mental health support
If you want more information on organisations that specialise in providing mental health support, please click here.