"Time to Talk Day helped us get the conversation started; now we're going to make sure it carries on"
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Too often people don't like to speak about their mental health because they are afraid that it will affect their jobs or relationships. That's not right, and it's why Time to Talk Day exists - a chance for everyone to break the silence and have a chat about how they're feeling.
Members of the Rethink Mental Illness support group in Chester got together for Time to Talk day last year. They tell us how it's helped them to fight stigma in their local area, and how you can get involved...
Last year’s Time to Talk Day was the first time we did any awareness raising activity in Chester. Our day started with a coffee morning, followed by Soup & Chat for Lunch, creating a space where people could talk about mental health.
Our coffee morning brought a number of local groups together and established some great links that we wouldn't have otherwise had. It gave us the confidence that we could raise awareness and were capable of running our own events.
In the afternoon we held a story cafe and we showed Finding Mike at the university. It was a great way for us to engage with the local community. Our peer support group had been running about a year and Time to Talk Day was our first attempt at raising awareness. Having the materials was a big help and being able to tie what we were doing in with a national event helped us open the door to a lot of conversations we wouldn't have otherwise had.
We found a number of people found it easier to come along to the events on the day and find out about the peer support we offer rather than access the groups directly.
It really opened the door to start campaigning and raising awareness.
Since then we've visited a number of schools and businesses, had a stall and a workshop at PeerFest, we now have a set up we have taken to a number of wellbeing and networking events and it culminated in us having our own conference on World Mental Health Day.
Moving forward we have even more planned, not just for Time to Talk day. We've events planned for Mental Health Awareness Week, World Suicide Prevention day, World Mental Health Day and many more events in-between.
Time to Talk Day helped us get the conversation started; now we're going to make sure it carries on.
What will you do for Time to Talk Day?
This year Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 4 February. The deadline for ordering materials is Thursday 28 January at noon. Find more information about Time to Talk Day on the Time to Change website.
Time to Change is England’s leading campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.