Police backing Time to Talk Day in support of mental health

Maricruz Casares
Febrero 9, 2019

Councillor Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for Customers and Transformation, said: "Around 15% of those in work in England have symptoms of a mental health problem and people with a mental health condition are three times more likely to have a long term period of sickness".

Nearly three quarters (70%) said group chats and social media lead to more "surface level" chats - such as sending amusing videos, banter and gossip - rather than deeper and meaningful conversations about wellbeing.

Emily, a 28-year-old social media influencer, said she was guilty of having far fewer conversations.

Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how people think and act about mental health problems led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

"I wasn't sure they'd understand why I shared something so personal as social media can be a very superficial place - full of memes", he explained. When I was at my lowest, I had a lot of people reach out on social media which I definitely appreciated, but the few friends that called me or met up with me made a world of a difference in my recovery. To know that they were there not just online but also offline was so comforting and healing. "To have a shoulder to cry on is one of the best gifts I've received from my friends".

One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year and today's awareness day aims to get the nation talking and listening about mental health. Employees are being encouraged to take time out of their working day to have conversations about mental health, and to attend one of the many staff drop-in sessions taking place throughout the county.

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You can find out more about Time to Change's "Time to Talk Day" on their website.

It's "Time to Talk Day" - and for those questioning why we need a day encouraging conversation IRL (in real life), the answer is clear: more than half of Brits say social media updates mean they don't talk to friends in person. Celebrity supporters include Frankie Bridge, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dr Ranj Singh and Matt Johnson.

Wrexham's Assembly Member is backing a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination around mental health.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes teamed up with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta South Region during Tuesday night's Western Hockey League game against the Regina Pats to raise awareness about the importance of mental health within the sporting community.

If you are anxious about your mental health, you may benefit from speaking to a professional.

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