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.
Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
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 2018
This year was our biggest day yet, with even more people and organisations getting behind our campaign and thousands of conversations being held up and down the country. For the first time, Time To Talk Day went UK-wide thanks to support from our sister campaigns Time To Change Wales, SeeMe Scotland and Change Your Mind Northern Ireland.
We kicked the day off by holding conversations in the Sky Garden at the top of the aptly named 'Walkie Talkie' building in London, showing that even at the top of a skyscraper you can talk about mental health.
On the day we released a new poll which revealed that the top reasons why people don't feel like they've got someone to talk to about personal issues is because they can't find the right time or the right place to have a conversation. But we wanted to show the nation that wherever you are you can talk about mental health.
Hundreds of workplaces, schools and community groups held Time To Talk Day events from talk and walks to the top of mountains to lunch break activities in the canteen. Individuals blogged about their experiences and Time To Change champions were interviewed on radio and TV, promoting the message that conversations change lives.
As the day progressed the hashtag #timetotalk was the number one trend on Twitter and we received supportive messages from the Prime Minister Theresa May, Stephen Fry, Sam Smith, Zoella and Sarah Millican amongst others.
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