Time to Talk Day 2019


Children’s Mental Health Week (4 - 10 February) and Time to Talk Day (7 February) 2019


What are Children’s Mental Health Week and Time to Talk Day?

Children’s Mental Health Week and Time to Talk (TTT) Day are held each year in February. TTT is an annual awareness raising event promoted by Time to Change (please see https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday for more information and downloadable resources).

This year's theme for Children’s Mental Health Week is about being Healthy: Inside and Out, and the Time to Change theme for Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

With the above in mind, the Healthy Living Team is holding a week long campaign at a local primary school.  This will incorporate training and promotion of mental health related topics and messages such as Basic Mental Health Awareness and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to children, parents and staff, with a coffee afternoon to encourage social interaction – an important factor in reducing mental ill health and improving well- being.

Why is it important?

Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year Depression and Anxiety impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time or have become disconnected from others can be a game changer. Those who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being asked the question 'are you ok?' can make a huge difference.

What you can do

Focusing on 5 Ways to Wellbeing #5waystowellbeing can help us to maintain or improve our mental health and wellbeing, to keep us well mentally, physically and cognitively and improve our self-esteem and self-confidence.  Being mindful (in the moment) of ourselves and the world around us, is part of the 5 Ways theme, and can help to improve our wellbeing.

Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join us on Twitter to spread the word using the #itsokaytotalk

When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as asking, ‘are you ok?’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

How can people reach out?

It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say or worry that you'll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone's OK can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.  The information shown in the attachement below are useful resources in supporting you or others who may be experiencing mental ill health.





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