It's Time to Talk Day on 4th February

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What is Time to Talk Day?

Time to Talk Day is a campaign run by our friends at Time to Change and will take place on Thursday 4th February 2016. The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health.

A recent YouGov poll revealed that nearly one third of us feel uncomfortable about asking someone about their mental health. The most common reasons people gave were that they would worry it would make the other person feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, that they wouldn't know what to say, that they would worry the other person wouldn't want to talk about it with them and that they wouldn't feel that they could help.

By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.

It’s really easy to get involved. Just have a conversation about mental health with a colleague, team-mate, friend or loved one. You can then log your conversation on Time to Change’s online map to see which part of the country is talking the most on the day. The online map will be available here on the day itself.

You'll find information on this page on:

  • Getting the nation's emergency services talking about mental health
  • Time to Talk Day resources
  • Time to Talk Day social media
  • Blue Light Programme information and resources
  • Get support now
Log your conversations

Let's get the nation's emergency services talking

We all have mental health and each year 1 in 4 of us experiences a mental health problem. Emergency services can be even more at risk than this but are less likely to access support - nearly 9 out of 10 staff and volunteers we surveyed had experienced stress, low mood or poor mental health at some point whilst working for the emergency services.

Our research also shows that 7 out of 10 emergency service staff and volunteers we surveyed think their service does not encourage them to talk about mental health. 8 out of 10 also think colleagues would be more comfortable talking about physical health than mental health. If you work in the emergency services, you're not alone - many of us are too afraid to talk about our mental health, so we lose out on the support we need from those around us. That’s not right and it’s why we need your help to break the silence and end the stigma, in the emergency services and beyond.

Wherever you are, talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can start with a simple, ‘how are you?’ or making a cup of tea. And that's the idea behind Time to Talk Day - so please join us and let’s get the nation's emergency services talking about mental health!

Let us know you're taking part by emailing us with the subject line 'TTTD 2016 - I'm taking part.'

Time to Talk Day resources

Time to Change have lots of resources and information available on their website to support you with your conversations. Whether you're talking at work or at home, with family and friends. It can be as simple as having one chat, or you might want to hold activity for a group of people or your workplace.


Order a materials pack from TTC by 10am on Friday 29th January. Packs come in two sizes and include:

  • ‘Time to Talk Day is coming’ fold out posters
  • postcards
  • Tips cards
  • Coasters 
  • Teabags

Download a workplace communications and activities pack. It includes links to internal communication resources:

  • Intranet copy
  • Desktop backgrounds
  • Email banner
  • Template email to staff
  • Tips on how to write a good internal newsletter article
  • Employee blog tips
  • Information on support for those mental health problems
  • Power-point presentation for workplace screens

It also includes links to suggested activities that you could do with your team:

  • Mental Health quiz
  • Mental health myth buster quiz
  • Mental Health Taboo game
  • Stigma Activity for Audiences
  • Parity of Esteem exercise
  • Do you wear a mask at work exercise
  • Stigma word map
  • Stigma force field analysis exercise

Family and friends

You can take part in Time to Talk Day with family or friends too. Two thirds of emergency service staff and volunteers we surveyed said they were most likely to turn to family and friends for support than using other coping methods.

Order your Time to Talk Day personal action pack, including tip cards with ideas of how to start a conversation, postcards to invite people to chat, stickers and balloons, and our unique double coaster and teabags to encourage a natter over a cuppa. Order a materials pack from TTC by 10am on Friday 29th January.

Downloadable materials

​Remember you can always visit the TTTD downloads page if you need extra resources.

Questions about Time to Talk Day?

If you have questions about Time to Talk Day, materials available from Time to Change or your orderable packs then please visit the Time to Talk Day FAQS to see if your question has already been answered. If it hasn't, you will also find contact details there for the Time to Talk Day team so you can email them your question.

Share your conversations through social media

Can you help to get the nations emergency services talking through social media? There are a quarter of a million members of the ambulance, search and rescue, fire and police services across England. You can help us to reach every one of them through your Time to Talk Day activity - let them know about the Blue Light Programme and the support that's available to them.

Simply share your Time to Talk Day activity with @MindBlueLight using the hashtags #mybluelight and #timetotalk. Time to Change also have resources available to support with your social media activity.

Talking with a colleague, friend or family member might help process how you are feeling and prevent it from becoming that seed which grows

Blue Light Programme resources

Use our Blue Light information and resources to support you and your activity.

Support with having conversations

If you feel uncertain about how to have conversations around mental health or about organising activity for a group of people then our guides might help you.

Information on mental health in the emergency services

Download our free resources

We've got lots of free resources that you can download or link to in our Blue Light resources section. Use our research findings, case studies, films, banners and badges to support your activity on Time to Talk Day. You can also download posters and small cards with top-tips on talking about mental health in the emergency services.

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Get support now

Having conversations about mental health could bring up some difficult thoughts or feelings for you or for others. If you, your team-mate, family or friends need information or support following these conversations then the Blue Light Infoline is there for you.

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0300 303 5999 (local rates)
Text: 84999

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