Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 1 February 2024. It’s a chance for all of us to be more open about our mental health and talk about how we really feel.

What is Time to Talk Day?

Time to Talk Day is held at the beginning of February every year. It is about helping people and communities to come together to have the nation’s biggest mental health conversation.

It’s not always easy to tell people how you really feel. Sometimes it’s easier to just say we’re ‘fine’ than to open up. But an open conversation can be the first step towards better mental health. 

Time to Talk Day is run by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind, delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running.

The power of a conversation

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Too many of us are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed because of this.

And the combination of a relentless news cycle and cost of living crisis is only making it harder to look after our mental health.

Talking openly and honestly about our mental health is good for our wellbeing and helps bust myths and break down barriers.

And listening without judgement when someone opens up to you has the power to change a life.

How do I start a conversation about mental health?

You don't need to be an expert to talk about mental health. You can: 

  • Text a friend
  • Put up posters at work or school
  • Chat over a cup of tea with a colleague
  • Host an awareness event in your community
  • Share something on social media using #TimeToTalk

Download our resources

To help make talking about mental health easier this Time to Talk Day, we've created posters, social media posts, activity ideas and more. Download your pack.

The benefits of talking