You don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health.
If your friend had a broken leg, or he or she had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn't think twice about asking how they were. Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all.
You don't need to be an expert about mental health though. Sometimes, just doing the little things, like asking someone how they are, is all it takes to let someone know you're still thinking about them and make a big difference to how they're feeling. Our TV advert shows the small things you can do to be there for someone you know.
Our tips are available to help you start your conversation. You could also pass on the message that it’s #TimetoTalk by downloading materials and sharing them online, or by adding your name to our pledge wall.
There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem.
If your friend had a broken leg, or he or she had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn’t think twice about asking how they were.
"When we got together we didn't talk about the illness, we did normal regular things...it was a little anchor point in the chaos that was going on, it was just a little pocket of normality which was exactly what I needed at the time." (Tim)
There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem. Why not read our tips for talking?
You could also start your conversation today by adding your name to our pledge wall.
You don't have to be an expert
The stars of our TV advert talk about the small things their friends, family and colleagues have done to support them when they were going through a difficult time.
How to help someone with mental health problems
If someone you know is experiencing mental health problems or needs urgent support, there are lots of services that you can go to for help.
You can also find out more about:
- particular mental health diagnoses from Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the NHS
- the simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem
- how stigma and discrimination can affect people living with mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, anxiety, personality disorders or schizophrenia.
Charlie and Roxanne
Charlie: "I'm going to make a difference...I'm going to make contact"
Matt and Tim
Tim: "When I was feeling down I'd get the phone and there'd be a text from Matt or a phone call, or he'd send me a message, an email or a stupid joke...that always made me smile"
Lisa and Liz
Liz: "Just a little tiny message to say I really admire what you're doing just stick with it... they know that you care and that's the most important thing"
Yvonne and Birgit
Yvonne: "We've known each other over 20 years and... she's been there throughout".
Geoff and Rebecca
Geoff: "Having a friend who would say...let’s just go for a walk..after I’d done that I’d feel so much better".
Each year 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems. And sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference