Too often, it’s left to people with mental health problems to talk about mental health. It’s treated as a taboo subject, and something that we shouldn’t speak openly about. But mental health affects us all, and everyone should feel able to talk about it.
On Time to Talk Day 2018, let’s spread the word that wherever you are, any place can be the right space to talk about mental health – queuing for the cinema, sitting on a bus, or even in a lift!
This month I met with the fantastic local charity Rethink Mental Illness, whose Survivors of Suicide service provides practical and emotional support to those affected by suicide. They reminded me not to shy away from talking to someone who is depressed and that a simple conversation with someone can make such a difference.
Too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Whether you are at work, at home – or even up a mountain – have a conversation about mental health. Conversations have the power to change lives, wherever they take place.
I’d encourage employers, schools and community groups to all get involved - together we can tackle the stigma of mental health. Take a look at the Time to Talk Day website for ideas and free resources: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018/make-most-day