National Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day takes place on the first Thursday in February.

It’s a day that brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online.

Time to Talk Day 2017

This year was our biggest day yet, with even more people and organisations getting behind our campaign and thousands of conversations being held round the clock.

The day was launched by HRH Prince Harry at a visit to London Ambulance Service which was holding its own Time To Talk Day event for staff.

A new poll we released on the day revealed the devastating human cost of mental health stigma – 1 in 5 surveyed who’d experienced stigma said they’d lost a job as a result of it, whilst over half lost contact with a loved one.

As the day progressed the hashtag #timetotalk was trending on Twitter and we received supportive messages from the Prime Minister Theresa May, Stephen Fry, the Loose Women, Frankie Bridge and Freddie Flintoff amongst others.

Hundreds of workplaces and schools held Time To Talk Day events and England Athletics organised their #runandtalk events to coincide with the day. Individuals blogged about their experiences and Time To Change champions were interviewed on radio and TV, promoting the message that conversations change lives.

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