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Time to Talk Day 2020 will take place on Thursday 6 February. With one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, there has never been a better time for your workplace to get involved in Time to Talk Day.

Choose to talk about mental health and help change lives

Pic: Time To Talk Day 2020 posterTime To Talk Day brings the nation together to ‘get talking’ and break the silence round mental health problems.

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.

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.

Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

On Time to Talk Day the campaign organisers are asking everyone to have a conversation about mental health – whether that’s texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or organising a stigma-busting event.

We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to.  This year, ‘Time To Change’ are using the popular game ‘Would you rather?’ to help break the ice and get the conversation flowing.

The more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

This year conversation is at the heart of the day as we use the popular game ‘Would you rather?’ to encourage more people to talk than ever before.  If you’re not familiar with the game, don’t worry – by asking one of the campaign’s ‘Would you rather’ questions you’ll be able to start up a mental health conversation with work colleagues and Union members.  

The 2020 ‘Time To Talk’ Day Workplace Campaign Comms Pack is packed full of tips, ideas and resources to help get your workplace talking.  

You’ll find inside:

  • What is Time to Talk Day all about?
  • Activity ideas
  • Materials to download and print
  • Internal communications ideas
  • How to help spread our message further
  • Signposts to support.

Click the above link, or go to the Unionsafety E-Library to download the pack and to find other Mental Health resources and information via searching the 'Mental Health' category.

Source: Dave Joyce CWU National Health Safety & Environment Officer

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