Time to Talk - Time to Change
7 February 2020
CPMS are raising mental health awareness. While Time to Talk Day is officially being held on Thursday 06/02/20, it's important not to force conversations about mental health or make it awkward.
We're all experts at talking but with some topics we tend to tiptoe around, pretending everything is ok or attributing issues to something else.
The consequences of not talking about mental health are well known. Combined with a home or workplace that isn't aware or ready to talk, people can soon find themselves in a lonely and dark space. Minorities in society including LGBT+ individuals are even more at risk from experiencing the negative impacts of not discussing mental health.
If we want to improve the mental health situation in the country, we must talk about it. And the little conversations we have, even if it's just checking in with a friend, a colleague or even a stranger, can make a huge amount of difference.
For mental health and support services head to the Time to Talk wesbite - https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support
Samaritans - Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Mind Infoline - Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line - Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
The Mix - Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
ChildLine - Telephone: 0800 1111
SHOUT - Shout is the UK's first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere.