Today is Time to Talk Day - here's why you should learn more

By Lynn Rusk
Thursday, 6th February 2020, 4:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 4:10 pm

With one in four people experiencing a mental health issue in any given year, various charities across the UK and Ireland have joined forces in an event to help tackle the stigma that prevents people talking about their mental health.

What is Time to Talk Day?

In 2020, Time to Talk Day takes place today (Thursday 6 February) and provides an opportunity for schools, workplaces and other organisations to engage in conversations about emotional well-being.

Mental health charities such as See Me Scotland and Time to Change hope that the more conversations people have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down .

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    How can you get involved?

    This Time to Talk Day, workplaces, schools and other organisations are encouraged to play games, organise social events and activities to start up a mental health conversation in a way that doesn’t appear intimidating or awkward.

    Where can I get resources?

    The Time to Talk Activity pack can be downloaded from the Time to Change website which includes different games and conversation starters.

    The aim of this day is to help end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many people feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

    Who organises it?

    Time to Talk day is run in Scotland by See Me, in England by Time to Change, Time to Change Wales, Change Your Mind in Northern Ireland and See Change in Ireland.

    Wendy Halliday, See Me Scotland interim director, said, “If people avoid conversations on mental health because they might be awkward, and people who are struggling don’t want to tell anyone, that leaves a huge gap where support and care could be."

    "We all have a role in changing this, if you’re worried about someone, ask them if they’re okay today.”

    You can get involved using #timetotalk on social media.