New figures, released on Time to Talk Day (1 February), reveal two thirds (66%)of people in the UK feel they have no one to talk to when it comes to personal conversations on topics such as mental health, money problems and relationships. When asked why, the top reasons were: never being able to find the right time, or the right place.
Time to Change commissioned the independent survey of over 2,500 UK adults to mark Time to Talk Day, a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health. The data reveals that many people are missing out on support from those around them, simply because they cannot find the ‘perfect’ time and place to open up. This year marks the fifth Time to Talk Day and the theme is Right Time, Any Place providing everyone with the perfect chance to be more open about mental health – whatever they are doing on the day.
The day will kick off at the aptly dubbed ‘Walkie Talkie’ building, one of the tallest, iconic buildings in London. Time to Change champions to start conversations with members of the public, showing that conversations about mental health can happen anywhere. Further conversations will take place in the Sky Garden, where Time to Change champions will be stationed. Stephen Fry, Fearne Cotton, Frankie Bridge and Harry Judd have also joined thousands of individuals and organisations to back the campaign by having conversations in the most unlikely locations, from the middle of a cinema to the top of a mountain.
Time to Talk Day was established by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The day was created in recognition of the fact that people talking and sharing their experiences changes the attitudes of those around them. This year will be the first time the event is UK-wide as Time to Change partners with See Me Scotland, Change Your Mind Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales. The message will also go global with support from campaigns as far as the USA and Hong Kong.
Dave spoke Jo Loughran from Time To Change about this