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On 7th February 2019, the UK acknowledges Time to Talk Day (TTTD) - a campaign created by UK mental health charity Time to Change.
TTTD is a national awareness day, aimed at encouraging people in the UK to talk more openly about their mental health. The campaign started in 2014 and has since become a significant date in the wellbeing calendar thanks to Time to Change’s efforts.
In 2019, Time to Change are inviting people to simply hold more conversations on their mental health - whether it be at work, home or within their local community.
There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors.
The following factors could potentially result in a period of poor mental health:
- Childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect
- Experiencing discrimination and stigma
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Suffering from bereavement
- Severe or long-term stress
- Domestic violence, bullying or other abuse as an adult
Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the affected person’s personality, thought processes or social interactions. Unlike many physical illnesses, mental health issues can be difficult to clearly diagnose.
Examples of signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling sad or down
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Sex drive changes
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
From a coffee morning at your work, to a stall handing out materials at your local train station, there are lots of activities you can do to get people talking on TTTD. Suggestions include:
Bag packing in a supermarket: Starting quick conversations whilst offering to pack bags in supermarkets can be a great way to get involved with TTTD. Fundraisers often collect for charity at supermarkets so it’s important to let people know that it’s a few spare minutes of time you need, not money.
Cafe conversations: Contact a local cafe to organise a TTTD event that encourages customers to chat about their mental health over a hot beverage.
Pledge wall: Get your local community involved with TTTD by erecting a Time to Change pledge wall in a local space such as a shopping centre, library or park. Members of the public can then write their own pledges, creating a wall of support for ending mental health stigma.
Arts and crafts activity: Suggestions include; ‘draw what makes you happy’, bracelet making and building ‘happiness jars’.
For more ideas and online resources, click here to access the TTTD 2019 page on the Time to Change website. Here, you can find multiple info packs and order forms to obtain your free promo materials.
- Mental health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK.
- Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
- One in eight people aged under 19 in England have a mental health disorder.
- Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain.
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