|²gether NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to speak openly about mental health.
The Trust is supporting national Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February, which aims to encourage people all over the country to take five minutes to have a conversation about mental health.
The conversations can take place anywhere and with anyone, such as with friends, family, work colleagues, fellow students, and in workplaces, schools, colleges, in the community and even online.
Time To Talk Day is organised by national anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. ²gether is holding a number of events in the two counties to provide support, information and encouragement for those who want to start a conversation.
Dominika Lipska-Rosecka, Social Inclusion Team Manager with ²gether, explained why the trust is supporting Time To Talk. She said: “Many people feel that mental health is still a taboo subject. We want to encourage people to talk about their condition and to feel that they can seek help when they need to.
“We have arranged a number of events for Time To Talk Day to try to encourage people to have these important conversations and to think about their mental health.
“One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health condition each year so we need to speak as openly about mental health as we do about every other aspect of our health and wellbeing.
“Although Time To Talk Day is a simple concept, we believe it could be very effective in breaking down the stigma that exists around mental health. We would encourage everyone to use the day to take five minutes to discuss mental health and well-being with anyone they wish.”
Events will be taking place across the UK to mark the day and the trust is supporting several in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. They are:
- Gloucester Get ²gether – an event focusing on young people’s mental health, taking place at Gloucestershire College from 5-7.30pm on 4 February. Anyone wishing to attend will need to register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Trust will have stands at:
- King’s Walk, Gloucester, from 10am-2pm, Wednesday 3 February
- Herefordshire and Ludlow College library, from 10am-2pm, Thursday 4 February
- Cheltenham Borough Council Community Engagement team is holding Time to Talk sessions, supported by the Trust, at two of their Cheltenham Our Place hubs. They are:
- St Paul’s group, St Paul’s Community Hub Internet Café, St Paul’s Walk, from 8.30-11am, Thursday 4 February
- We’ll also be assisting with stands set up by Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council for their employees.
- We’ll be facilitating a workshop for Cheltenham Borough Council employees on tackling stigma, as well as supporting them in holding a tea and talk event for their staff.
To find out more about Time to Talk Day and get involved, click here.