February 1st is Time to Talk Day – a campaign run by the charity Time to Change, encouraging all of us to talk about mental health. You don’t need to have experienced a mental health problem yourself, or know anyone who has; the campaign is about promoting conversation anywhere, at any time. It’s about making the conversation on mental health a normal part of society.
After all, we all have mental health, so why is the prospect of talking about it still taboo? This Time to Talk Day and beyond, we want to encourage conversation. We need to know that it is OK to need help and more importantly, it’s OK to not be OK.
The power of talking
In a 2016 Time to Change survey, it was revealed that of over 7,000 people living with mental health issues, 60% said they felt relieved and like ‘a weight had been lifted’ after talking about their condition.
We all need a bit of help sometimes, but knowing what to do next...