Press Release – North Staffs Mind to Stage City Centre Drop-in to Support Time to Talk Day

North Staffs Mind to Stage City Centre Drop-in to Support Time to Talk Day

‘Conversations Change Lives’

North Staffs Mind is staging a drop-in event on Thursday 2nd February as part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day.

Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Since its launch in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.

Representatives from North Staffs Mind – including staff and volunteers from both their Maccas project and Mindzone service – will be on-hand to chat about mental health issues with anyone dropping into the Rough and Ruby store in the Intu Potteries Centre between 11am and 2pm on Thursday 2nd February. The team will also be handing out Time to Talk resources and encouraging the public to start their own mental health conversations.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice. More tips can be found at http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “Mental health problems are common and can affect any one of us, yet too often people are afraid to talk openly about mental health for fear of being judged. Time to Talk Day is a chance for everyone to open up about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. We want to get the nation talking round the clock, whatever the time, whatever the place, wherever you are – it’s easy to take part and make a change.”

Let’s end the stigma one conversation at a time!