Thursday 4th of February was Time to Talk Day 2021, a day to get our people opening up and talking about mental health.
Even a small conversation around mental health has the power to make a BIG difference and helps to break the stigma.
Time to Talk Day is created by Time to Change a growing social movement working to change the way people think and act about mental health.
On Time to Talk Day 2021, Pluss' Mental Health and Opportunities team, Andys Man Club, Women’s, IAPT TALKWORKS and CHAOS TV contributed to the social movement and joined the conversation.
We discussed advice on how to open up and talk about mental health, where to find formal and informal mental health help, lovely stories of people who have struggled with mental health and now are feeling good and helping others, and tips to for good mental health.
Chris Martin from Seetec Pluss said that people can join no obligation supportive group sessions at Andy's Man Club and Women's Wellbeing Club CIC. Chris encourages important mental health conversations, "start with an ice breaker, ask them for one positive from their week, then ask for anything good/bad they want to get off their chest".
Neill Richardson from IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) TALKWORKS said, "the way we think about things affects the way that we act, and the way that we act affects the way that we think", when giving a short overview about CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
Three key pieces of advice given during the conversation were, ‘look after yourself, don't be hard on yourself and be kind to yourself’.
To find out more, you can get in touch using the contact details below:
Pluss' Mental Health Opportunities Team - opportunities-MentalHealthTeam@pluss.org.uk
Andy's Man Club - email@example.com
Women's Wellbeing Club CIC -firstname.lastname@example.org
IAPT TALKWORKS, visit - https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/
The conversation is available to watch on Facebook video, HERE.