The number of us taking the time to sit and chat with someone close is dwindling, according to new research from the mental health anti-stigma programme Time to Change, which shows that two thirds of people (66%)1 admit they should talk to family and friends more often than they currently do.
The findings are released today - on the first ever national Time to Talk Day (6 February) which aims to spark one million conversations about mental health.
On Monday (20 January) the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will be making a significant public announcement* addressing the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. On the same day, the anti-stigma programme Time to Change releases the results of its biggest ever survey of people’s experiences of stigma, to launch its latest advertising campaign.
The research, which is funded by the Department of Health and conducted by TNS, brings together nearly two decades worth of data (1994 to 2012) looking into the adult population’s (16+) perceptions of people who experience mental health problems.