Time to Talk is a national campaign that aims to get people talking naturally and comfortably about mental health issues. Thursday 1 February is a day set aside for people to stop and think about how they personally create space to listen to others, and a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk and to listen.
It can be really difficult to raise issues, say that you are struggling or having difficulties. Talking about mental health should be as easy as talking about a physical condition. And yet because it is so difficult, people can feel isolated, worthless and even ashamed.
The Time to Change campaign are asking people to have a conversation wherever they are – at home, at school, or at work. There’s no right or wrong way to get involved – every conversation about mental health helps to make it a normal subject for people to talk about. You can:
- Become a Champion - Come up with ideas on how to start a conversation across your team
- Tweet using #TimetoTalk, blog or post on Facebook and tag us @NHS_ELFT
- Share your personal experiences with your colleagues
- Invite staff, service users and carers to share their experiences
If you are experiencing difficulties, or know someone who is, contacting our Talking Therapies Service could be the first step to finding strategies to help.