As one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, Hampshire County Council is encouraging people to start a conversation this Time to Talk Day Thursday, 1 February, and help change perceptions around mental health problems.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, and the Authority’s Mental Health Champion, said: “Many of us are worried about opening up about how we feel. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. ‘Time to Talk Day’ is a chance for all of us to take five minutes to start a conversation. It could be as easy as making time to have a cup of tea, or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel. Taking the first step can sometimes be all that’s needed.”
Time to Talk Day is a national event which takes place every year, and has become an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and the five steps to mental wellbeing which can help to tackle stigma and reduce isolation.
Follow the hashtag #Inyourcorner.
There’s a range of support available to help people in Hampshire experiencing common mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. This includes:
• italk is an NHS commissioned service for those aged 16 and over who are registered with a GP in the following areas of Hampshire: Basingstoke, Bordon, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, the New Forest, Petersfield, Romsey, Andover and Winchester.
• TalkPlus is an NHS commissioned service for people aged 16 and above registered at surgeries in Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Aldershot, Church Crookham, Blackwater and Yateley.
Other sources of help include:
• Mind Infoline
• Rethink mental illness adviceline