Time to Talk Day – Thursday 1 February 2018

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Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.

Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

The Time to Change organisation aims are to:

  • Improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
  • Reduce the amount of discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives and at work.
  • Make sure even more people with mental health problems can take action to challenge stigma and discrimination in their communities, in workplaces, in schools and online.
  • Create a sustainable campaign that will continue long into the future.

Their voice is stronger and louder thanks to funding by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and thousands more organisations have joined to make change happen.

Since Time to Change began in 2007, around 4.1 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 9.6% between 2008 and 2016. And more people than ever are able to be open about their mental health problems.