What is Time to Talk Day?
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Too many of us are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed because of this.
Time to Talk Day is held at the beginning of February every year by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind, delivered in partnership with Co-op.
It is about helping people and communities to come together to have the nation’s biggest mental health conversation.
Putting on a brave face
New data released on Time to Talk Day 2024 reveals the nation is putting on a ‘brave face’ to avoid talking about mental health during difficult times.
The tactic of bottling up is highest amongst younger people with 69% of 16–24-year-olds and 72% of 25-34 year-olds reporting they avoid saying how they really feel.
Although sometimes it may feel easier to tell people we’re ‘fine’, bottling things up and putting a brave face on can have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Talking about mental health helps reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The power of a conversation
"Northern men aren’t supposed to communicate their feelings"
"But I talked to several people and their response was amazingly supportive and I learnt that I wasn’t the only one suffering out there."Read Ian's story Read Ian's story
How do I start a conversation about mental health?
You don't need to be an expert to talk about mental health. You can:
- Text a friend
- Put up posters at work or school
- Chat over a cup of tea with a colleague
- Host an awareness event in your community
- Share something on social media using #TimeToTalk
Download our resources
To help make talking about mental health easier this Time to Talk Day, we've created posters, social media posts, activity ideas and more. Download your pack.
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