Today (Thursday, 2 February) is national Time to Talk Day when we are all encouraged to discuss mental health issues and help to break down barriers for those suffering in silence.
Being open about mental health, and ready to listen, can make the world of difference to someone’s life. It could be as simple as making a cup of tea with someone and asking them how they are feeling, or suggesting a walk at lunchtime.
Councillor Joanne Calvert, Mayor Lead for Mental Health, said: “TimeToTalk Day is a great way of opening up the conversation about Mental Health.
“Not being able to talk can often be the worst part of the illness. By encouraging people to talk about their experiences of Mental Health will help break down the barriers, support recovery and end the stigma attached.
“Please use today to start a conversation with your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours!”