05 February 2018

Hundreds celebrate Time to Talk Day

TimeToTalkNSomePeople turned up in their masses at events across North Somerset on Thursday to help celebrate Time to Talk Day.

Eight events took place across North Somerset, with hundreds of people talking about the importance of mental health in day to day life, at eight venues including Weston General Hospital, Weston College and The Living Centre. The events were supported by 13 organisations from across the NHS, Police, charity groups and private sector as well as service users from mental health services.

AWP North Somerset involvement coordinator Stephen Budd said, "Time to Change is a great charity challenging mental health stigma and discrimination . They say that too often, it's left to people with mental health problems to talk about mental health. It's treated as a taboo subject - something to only be spoken about in quiet corners. But mental health affects us all, and everyone should feel able to talk about it.

"We came together on Thursday to promote wellbeing and the benefits of talking about mental health. We had a great response from the local community and talked with hundreds of people about how they are feeling and what people can do if they need more support.

"There's no right or wrong way to talk about our wellbeing- every conversation about mental health helps towards making it a normal subject for people to talk about."

North Somerset Clinical Lead for Mental Health and local GP Dr Mike Jenkins said, "This year we really want to emphasise that it is important to talk about mental health and that this can be done anywhere. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health - to talk, to listen, to change lives and to reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. Events like those in North Somerset get people talking about mental health and help them to find out more about the services which are available to help them."

You can find out more about Time to Talk on Twitter using #TimeToTalkDay and more about the Time to Change campaign at www.time-to-change.org.uk

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