Time to Talk Day: changing lives

On Thursday 6 February, Time to Talk Day 2020 encouraged everyone to make a real difference by talking about their worries and anxieties, as well as listening to others.

One in four of us are affected by mental health problems. Yes despite this, those people can be made to feel isolated or ashamed about it.

So, what's the best way to talk?

It’s important that conversations happen at times and in places that feel natural

Many of us know that it’s a good idea to talk, but actually knowing how to do it can be dificult.

Time to Talk suggests ways of making it easier to talk to your friends and family if you think they are experiencing mental health issues.

These include talking to them side-by-side instead of face-to-face, for example when you’re in the car or doing the washing up. Not trying to ‘fix’ the problem, and instead taking time to just listen, is also helpful to know. Read more tips here.

Sharing experiences

Events took place across the country on the day. People were also encouraged to post messages on Time to Talk’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Time to Talk has also launched a new campaign, Ask Twice, which highlights the importance of asking your friend again if they say they’re fine. Find out more here.

Further information

Find out about Time to Talk 2020 and read personal stories about why mental health problems matter.

Our #HiddenHalf campaign wants to change the fact that only half of new mums suffering from postnatal mental illness get the treatment they need. Get involved with the campaign now.

Learn more about how you might be feeling after your baby is born, and where you can get help if you need it.