Mind in Furness 'Time to Talk' Day a huge success

A Time to Talk day has proved a real success at Mind in Furness today. Staff at the School Street HQ were joined by members of Furness Samaritans because ‘Conversations Change Lives’

The centre was packed as everyone gathered to listen over coffee and cake. Time to Talk Day today was organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. Since it’s launch in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge. Time to Talk Day 2017 aims to get the nation talking about mental health for 24 hours on the 2nd February. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice. More tips can be found at http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday

Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: “Mental health problems are common and can affect any one of us, yet too often people are afraid to talk openly about mental health. for fear of being judged. Time to Talk Day is a chance for everyone to open up about mental health - to talk, to listen, to change lives. We want to get the nation talking round the clock, whatever the time, whatever the place, wherever you are - it’s easy to take part and make a change.”

Melanie Gilmour, Mind in Furness centre manager said: "Today has been a great success and has proved very popular. Thank you to Furness Samaritans for coming in and helping us out. It's been great to work with another local charity. "Just taking five minutes out to really chat to someone could save a life. "Thank you to everyone who took part today. Events like this promote the fact that we need to keep talking about mental health and remove the stigma surrounding it."

Maureen Darby from Furness Samaritans said: "I think events like this are good for everyone. WE need to talk to each other, especially if you're struggling with mental health. "If only people would talk to each other about mental health it would make such a difference. "The event today has been fabulous and that is the beauty of Mind. It's a safe environment where you can just be yourself."


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