Swindon charities put spotlight on mental health for national Time To Talk Day

By Barrie Hudson - 31 January 2024

  • Jol Rose of Voluntary Action Swindon

    Jol Rose of Voluntary Action Swindon

"Tell us what you really mean" is the message from a group of Swindon charities coming together today - 1 February - to mark national Time to Talk Day.

Time to Talk Day is an event that aims to get people talking about mental health and wellbeing - and to be honest and open about how they feel.
Activities in the Swindon area are being coordinated by Swindon Wellbeing, a network of local organisations focussed on helping people with their mental health and wellbeing.
Events across Swindon encourage people to talk, listen and change lives. Swindon Hub in the town centre is hosting a pop-up run by Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind, providing information and a welcome place to relax and talk.
Hazel Howe, CEO, Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind, said: ‘The path to mental health transformation remains extensive, underscoring the importance of ensuring people receive timely support for their mental well-being. 
"Time to Talk Day serves as a poignant reminder of the vital work mental health providers undertake to address these challenges from the outset
"The more we talk about mental health, the better life is for all of us."
People can struggle to find the right time or place to talk about mental health so Time to Talk Day is asking people to have a conversation wherever they are – at home, at school, or even at the top of a mountain.
One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many 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.
"We want to encourage everyone one to get involved and get talking’, said Jol Rose from Voluntary Action Swindon, one of the campaign organisers. "We all have mental health so it’s something for everyone."
Swindon Wellbeing can be contacted via www.swindon-wellbeing.org or Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X (formally known as Twitter). More information and resources for Time to Talk Day are available at https://timetotalkday.co.uk

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