February 5, 2014

Time to Talk Day live blog

For the first ever Time to Talk Day, we kept a live blog - read below to find out what went on...

Be one in a million

Thursday 6 February is the first ever Time to Talk Day: 24 hours in which to start conversations about mental health, raise awareness and share the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of - and neither is talking about it.

Sometimes it's the little things we do that make a big difference - like having a chat over a cuppa, sending a text or inviting someone out. On Time to Talk Day we’re encouraging people to do just that. In fact, we're hoping to spark a million conversations, and we want your help to do that.

What's happening?

Across the country, there are over a thousand events taking place in offices, schools, libraries and even shopping centres. Big employers like Telefonica, The Professional Cricketer's Association, AXA PPP Healthcare and Comic Relief will be taking part, and many thousands more people will be sitting down with a cuppa and a friend for a good old chat. Are you doing something? Tweet and Facebook us to let us know!

What can I do?

Even celebrities are getting involved! Find out how you can have a conversation to win a conversation with Russell Kane, Ashley Roberts or Beverley Callard. If you're online, there's no end of things you can do to be one in a million. We'll be having a #TimetoTalk elevenses (at 11am, naturally). Tweet along teabreak at 4.30. There'll be a blogathon, lots of images and links to share, and even a conversational challenge. 

Live blog

In our live blog, we'll be documenting as many activities, tweets, conversations and goings on as possible, so keep checking back throughout the day to keep up! And of course, leave us your comments so we can include you in the big conversation.


Word on the street: our celeb supporter Beverley Callard spoke to Lorraine on ITV about Time to Talk Day. Here she is with her #TimetoTalk cup of tea!

Beverley Callard supports Time to Change


Did you see Louise Goux-Wirth's article in the Metro this morning? Louise talked about her experience of depression and how she spoke out about her mental health at work and our double-page spread on Time to Talk Day:

Louise Goux-Wirth Metro   Metro double page


Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are having a cuppa and a web chat from 10 - 2 today. Join the webchat!

NHS cumbria tea chat


We're trending on Twitter! (Fifth on the current list, above #tubestrike.)








The lovely Matt Johnson, presenter for ITV's This Morning is supporting Time to Talk Day! 


Elevenses! Get the kettle on for the #TimetoTalk tea break. And, over the next hour, we’re going to be sharing a cup of tea with you all! Tweet us your cuppa to start conversations about mental health.


Your Elevenses photos are coming in. Keep 'em brewing for Elevenses Hour!



Thanks to Russell Kane for sharing his cuppa with us:

@russell_kane: I'm taking part in Time to Talk day! Have a cuppa, talk it thru. www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday @timetochange #TimetoTalk

Russell is at www.twitter.com/russell_kane.

Wok is Russell doing in the second photo, do you think?!


Did you hear we're running a #TimetoTalk Challenge today?

How many conversation could you have today. With mental health, it's often the little things that make a big difference. So, today you could text someone, have a chat over a cuppa or pick up the phone. Why not download your own Challenge sheet right now?

At 12:30 we're suggesting you get away from your desk, if you work in an office, and invite someone on a walk. Just don't get blown away in this weather, please!


Following Martin Lewis' appearance on ITV's Lorraine this morning, they've started their very own conversation about mental health over at Money Saving Expert Dot Com.


We've been trying to get some clarification on Russell Kane's tea making procedures (see above).

@russellkane: I'm infusing the spirit of the day in any receptacle I can!!


Have you heard about our Win a Conversation for a Conversation competition?

You could win prizes from our comedian friend Russell Kane, Corrie actress Beverley Callard, or Dancing on Ice Judge and ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts. Of course, to fit in with our conversation theme, you'll get to meet and chat to them too.

It's the small things you do that make a big difference. In this case, a small thing that'll win a money-can't-buy prize.

Find out more.


We have a #TimetoTalk Day stall at Tesco in Welwyn Garden City. Here's Libby from the Time to Change team (right) and our brilliant champion Katie.


We're taking over the internet! Well, more specifically LBC's website.

Radio station LBC is 'London's Biggest Conversation' and we're pushing for one million conversations about mental health. Are you taking our #TimetoTalk Challenge?


Do you have your own blog, or do you blog on other sites? Want to take part in our #TimetoTalk Day Blogathon?

To get involved:

  1. Download a blogger badge from our website: www.time-to-change.org.uk/downloads
  2. Post the badge on your blog and link it to our website, www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday
  3. Blog away

Why not write about the first time you spoke about your mental health? Or the little thing someone did that made a big difference to you?

Don't forget to share your blog with us on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #TimetoTalk. Do make sure you let us know how many visits, comments and conversations you start.


How good does this pie look, made by a friend at the Mental Health Foundation?

Listen to the chicken and leek pie, folks. It's #TimetoTalk.


How well do you know your myths from your facts on the topic of mental health?  

Why not print off our myth/fact quiz and test your friends or work colleagues?


If you didn't see Corrie legend Beverley Callard on ITV's Lorraine this morning, you can watch it on the Lorraine site.

Mental health was also on the breakfast menu on BBC Radio Manchester. You can listen to it here.

Beverley Callard supports Time to Change


Glamour Magazine and Top Sante are two of the many newspapers and magazines tweeting about Time to Talk Day. Thanks all!

@GlamourMagUK: Today is #timetotalk day: a campaign to encourage people to talk about mental health. Join in @TimetoChange.

@TopSanteUK: We're getting the conversation started in the office. Join in! #TimetoTalk @MindCharity @TimetoChange


The Professional Cricketers' Association are joining in too.

Here's Warwickshire Bears' captain Jim Troughton (middle), ex-captain Ian Westwood (left), and Laurie Evans with our .


The prize for the prettiest Time to Talk Day display goes to Growing Voices (@GVoices), a grant project based in Carlisle.


If you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling right now, do check out our support services page (http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/what-are-mental-health-problems/help-support-services). Or talk to the Samaritans (08457 909090 or jo@samaritans.org).

Mind, one of the charities that set up Time to Change, has a wonderful online community called Elefriends. Here, you can talk with people who have similar experiences and share advice in a friendly environment. You'll find them at www.elefriends.org.uk.


Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care and Support at the Department of Health, has tweeted for Time to Talk Day. Here he is with one of our I've Had My Conversation mugs.

@normanlamb: Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 of us. We're taking part in #TimetoTalkDay today: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday @TimetoChange

 Care and support minister Norman Lamb supports #TimetoTalk Day He also recorded a video of support for #TimetoTalkDay


Over 200 people in Bristol told our amazing volunteers who they'll share a cuppa with.


The #TimetoTalk Day afternoon tweetalong tea break is about to begin at 4.30!



BLAM! Look who's tweeted about Time to Talk Day, with his #TimetoTalk tea bag and badge.

@HitmanHatton: Help the nation talk about mental health visit: www.time-to-talk.org.uk/talkday @TimetoChange


St Leonard's Community Centre has kicked off #TimetoTalk Afternoon Tea in great style.


It's a little off-piste, but coffee also works if you're just not into tea. Thanks Bipolar UK for being a part of Time to Talk Day.

@BipolarUK: A cup of tea is a great #TimetoTalk - www.time-to-talk.org.uk (Ok, this is coffee, but you get the idea.)


Who wants to see a selection of the Afternoon Tea Break photos that are being poster on social media?


Thanks to Rachael Lucy Smithteam who followed our biscuit serving suggestion with colleagues at her Cambridgeshire school. (We really appreciate all the schools that have taken part today, one way or another.) Today is Rachael's birthday though, so this is a special shout out.


Here's the Bank of England getting their money's worth out of Time to Talk Day earlier. Thank you to to Andrew Bailey (Deputy Governor for Prudential Regulation), Chris Salmon (Executive Director, Banking & Chief Cashier) and team.

@bankofengland: Andrew Bailey and Chris Salmon take #TimetoTalk about mental health. @TimetoChange


The Student Room has been chatting about mental health all day. Thanks guys.

@HarrisEmma: @TimetoChange We're still having a huge convo here @thestudentroom #TimetoTalk ^_^


Arsenal FC has mentioned Time to Talk Day and its work with Time to Change on their website.

Speaking about the club’s work, Head of Arsenal in the Community Alan Sefton said: "Using football as a way to engage people suffering from mental health issues means that they have a chance to improve their physical wellbeing and potentially their quality of life through meeting others with similar experiences. Arsenal in the Community is proud to be part of this campaign which inspires people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health."



Listen out for our two-hour special on Talk Sport (@talkSport) tonight (8-10pm). Among other things, you'll be able to hear from our wonderful Tim McKenna who appears in our TV advertising.



Thank you to Lindsay Hoyle MP who's just tweeted about Time to Talk Day.

@LindsayHoyle_MP: @TimetoChange My researcher and I discussed how we must all end the stigma of mental health discrimination #TimetoTalk



The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have been tweeting today:

@PFA: Help get the nation talking about mental health: start your conversation for #TimetoTalk @TimetoChange

Sussex County Football Association were also on the ball:

@SussexCountyFA: Some of our staff members showing their support for #TimetoTalk Day on their tea break @TimetoChange @soccer_4_all



Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England has just said:

@ProfKevinFenton: Wellbeing: With one in four of us affected by mental illness #TimetoTalk Day is a great chance to have a conversation and make a difference.



Thanks Laura Washbrook for having your conversation at 10am this morning.

As friends, it's often the small things you do for other people that make a big difference. So, if you have a Joey, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross or Chandler in your life, a 'How you doin'?' can go along way. Why not read our tips for talking about mental health?



Today has been our first ever Time to Talk Day, folks.

How has it been for you so far? A huge thanks to all who are still taking part in our Big Conversation and push for one million conversations. You can see a photo compilation from the day on our Facebook profile.

Remember to listen out for our two-hour special (talkSPORT feature Part 1 and Part 2) on Talk Sport (@talkSport) between 8 and 10pm, featuring Stan Collymore, our director Sue Baker and Tim and Matt who you may recognise from our TV advert:

Tim and Matt at TalkSport with Stan Collymore

If you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling, please do check out our support services page (http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/what-are-mental-health-problems/help-support-services). Or talk to the Samaritans (08457 909090 or jo@samaritans.org).

Mind has a wonderful online community called Elefriends, where you can talk with people who have similar experiences and share advice in a friendly environment. You'll find them at www.elefriends.org.uk.

Thanks for following. The conversation doesn't stop here, of course.

Listen to the pug. It's #TimetoTalk.

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Too many people are made to feel ashamed. By sharing your story, you can help spread knowledge and perspective about mental illness that could change the way people think about it.