The day is about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health. By talking about it, we can support ourselves and others.
Plan a community event, check-in with a friend or pop our posters on your community notice boards. However you do it, start planning how to get your community talking about mental health on Time to Talk Day.
You could host a coffee and chat event in your community centre, put some posters up in school, run a lunch and learn in the office. It can be as simple as texting a mate. Here are some ideas to get you started.
We want it to be as easy as possible for everyone on Time to Talk Day. Order a pack of resources to help kick start your conversations.
There is no right way to talk about mental health, but these tips can help make sure you’re approaching the conversation helpfully.
However you start your conversation, let us know on social media with #TimeToTalk.
You can find out more about Time to Talk Day on their website.
Frequently asked questions
Time to Talk Day was started by Time to Change, a campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Time to Change was run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by Comic Relief, Department of Health and Social Care and the National Lottery Community Fund. Due to funding cuts, Time to Change closed on 31 March 2021. Charity partners Mind and Rethink Mental Illness are committed to continuing Time to Talk day.
For the first time since its inception, Time to Talk Day will have a corporate partner – the Co-op. The Co-op is one of the world's largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes. The Co-op exists to meet members' needs and stand up for the things they believe.
Co-op are partnering with Mind, SAMH and Inspire to bring communities together to support mental wellbeing. One aspect of this is partnering on Time to Talk Day in 2022 (and 2023 TBC). Co-op don't want to fund responses to support mental wellbeing. They want to be part of the responses and mobilise their assets, colleagues and programmes to support Time to Talk Day as part of a shared ambition to reach those who wouldn't ordinarily engage with mental health support through mobilising communities.
We want to create a society where everyone feels comfortable talking about mental health – whenever they like. If people feel able to do that, that’s great. Unfortunately, many people still don’t feel comfortable talking openly – fearing judgment from others. By asking those with a mental health problem and those without, we hope people will find it a positive experience that they will continue.
Public awareness and comprehension of mental health have improved dramatically in recent years. We now have a much better understanding that we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and that we need to look after it; this is a big positive. But too many people still struggle in silence, feeling unable to speak out for fear of what others might think. Public awareness days like Time to Talk Day play an essential role in ending this stigma - a significant barrier to people accessing help and support.
We want to see many improvements across the mental health field, and providing people with timely access to treatment and support is an absolute priority. Mind and Rethink Mental Illness campaign tirelessly to hold the calling government accountable and offer direct support to those in need. But other critical issues also need to be addressed.
Mental health stigma has serious consequences. The judgement that people face, or fear they face, can mean losing jobs, relationships and, in the most extreme cases, lives. That’s why opening up the conversation about mental health problems and ending the stigma is so important.
The vast majority of people we talk to find that things improve when they open up about how they’re feeling. However, for some of us, that may not be the case. If so, there are some fantastic online communities and helplines where people can find support and understanding. You can find these websites and numbers on the Mind and Rethink Mental Illness website.
We know that talking about mental health can feel difficult or even scary. Many people with lived experiences of mental health problems have shared that small conversations make a big difference in opening up and seeking necessary support. However, many of us with mental health problems still feel uncomfortable reaching out.
We can encourage more openness around mental health by: