Let’s start talking about mental health.
Mental health has never been so important and that’s why we are supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February and encouraging our followers to start talking about mental health.
The last 12 months have been challenging, but we know that the more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, and the closer we will come to ending mental health stigma and discrimination.
This year Time to Talk Day is focusing on the power of small, because however you have a conversation about mental health – whether it’s a quick text, a virtual catch up, or a phone call – it has the power to make a big difference.
Time to Talk Day is run by Time to Change to help spread the word that you can talk about mental health anywhere, anytime.
Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
For more information on Time to Talk Day please visit Here
Mental health conversations have the power to make a big difference, but sometimes these conversations can bring up some difficult things that people may not have spoken about before. This might mean that they need some support.
Time to Change is working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. This focus means they aren’t able to provide individual support, guidance or advice.
However, there are plenty of people who can. Here you’ll find a list of organisations that can help you, or someone else, to find support:
Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)
The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday)
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm-10.30pm, everyday)
A national out-of-hours helpline offering emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by a mental health problem, including family, friends and carers.
Side by Side
Side by Side is a supportive online community run by Mind where you can where you can listen, share and be heard.
Support for carers
If you’re a carer needing support you can also contact Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.