09 February 2017

Time to Talk Day 2017


We got people talking openly about mental health as part of national 'Time to Talk Day' on 2 February.

Chats took place all across the Trust. At trust headquarters, staff were offered cake for conversation to encourage people to talk about their mental health and at Rafters Café in Weston General Hospital staff, service users and carers with support from North Somerset Health Watch engaged customers in a five minute conversations about mental health. Information on mental health services available in North Somerset was also provided.

Involvement Coordinator Stephen Budd said, "The Time to Talk Day event taking place at Rafters Café in Weston General Hospital gave people across North Somerset a chance to find out more about the services available while having an informal chat about mental health. We wanted to use this as an effective way of breaking down stigma and promoting an inclusive community."

Director of Time to Change Sue Baker said, "We know that face-to-face contact with someone who has experienced a mental health problem - who can talk openly and confidently about it - is key to transforming our understanding and attitudes and we want to start conversations all over the country. Often just asking someone how they are and reminding them that you care can have a massive impact for someone with a mental health problem."

One in four people nationally will suffer with a mental health issue at some point in their lives and nine in ten people with a mental health problem will experience some form of stigma or discrimination.

If you want to get involved it doesn't have to end at Time to Talk Day. You can check the Time to Change website for more ways to make a difference and help tackle the stigma associated with mental health. 

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