Mental health problems affects 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.
In the UK in 2016 there were 6,188 suicides and that’s 6,188 more deaths than there should have been. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in the UK, with those over 45 at greatest risk. This ultimately shows us the need for support, the need to challenge stigma around mental health and that starts by talking.
Too many people right now who are struggling with their mental health are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. 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 ultimately save lives.
Why not make a pledge with yourself to start new conversations this Time to Talk day? You may be saving someone’s life.