Charity reminds that today is the day to talk about mental health

Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is using Time to Talk Day on 4th February 2021 to remind people that a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. 

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference: Time to Talk Day 2021. Photo by Sam Farallon.
A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference: Time to Talk Day 2021. Photo by Sam Farallon.

Time to Talk Day was established eight years ago by Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in recognition of the fact that people talking and sharing their experiences positively changes the attitudes of those around them.

A recent survey by Time to Change shows that over half of people in Yorkshire and the Humber (51%) have felt the need to take time off work, school, or university due to a mental health problem during the pandemic, more than anywhere else in England. Worryingly, despite so many recognising a need to take time out, only 21% actually did so.

Further results from the survey showed that, of those people who struggled with their mental health during the pandemic, a simple message of support from a colleague, friend or family member made all the difference. Time to Talk Day 2021 adopts the theme ‘The Power of Small’, which aims to showcase the big difference these seemingly small conversations or gestures can make.   

Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:

“This years’ Time to Talk Day might look a little different, but at times like this, open conversations about mental health are more important than ever. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health, and every conversation helps – it helps to break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

“Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to have a conversation about mental health, whether that’s by sending your friend a text message, having a video call with a cuppa, or sending an email to a colleague.” 

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said:

“We know that attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems have improved in recent years and it’s important that we don’t let that slide. The last year has been hard and it’s perhaps made more people realise that we can all struggle with our mental health at times. Let’s take this opportunity to ensure that we all feel comfortable talking about it, too.

“It’s easy to think we haven’t got the power to make a change. But lots of ‘small’ conversations can add up to a big difference in tackling the stigma and discrimination too many people still experience because of their mental health. So, this Time to Talk Day, play your part – send a text, reach out, have a conversation.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind will be sharing a range of tips on their social media channels on Time to Talk Day itself, and posting some videos to encourage people to reach out and have a conversation.

The charity also wishes to remind people that they are available 24 hours a day to support local people with their mental health. Anyone who wants information, advice or support can contact Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s Information Line on 01482 240133, Freephone 0800 138 0990 or email info@heymind.org.uk. More information can also be found on their website – www.heymind.org.uk 

[Jack Moore – Hull & East Yorkshire Mind]

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