Time To Talk Day
What is Time To Talk Day?
Time To Talk Day is the nation’s biggest conversation on Mental Health. Observed annually on 2nd February, this awareness day aims to get individuals talking about mental health to prevent suffering. 1 in 4 suffer from poor mental health, so it is more important than ever to talk, listen and change lives.
Time To Talk Day gives people an opportunity to talk and listen about Mental health. It is important to know how we can offer support to ensure individuals get the help they need. The date raises awareness and encourages conversations on the topic.
How is Time to Talk Day Celebrated?
Every year, the nation is encouraged to get talking. Mind and Rethink Mental Health support communities to start the conversations that have the power to change peoples’ lives. Fund raising takes place to support the charities who are fundamental to mental health support and improvement.
Time To Talk Day and Employment
In 2020 17.9 million working days were lost due to work related stress, depression or anxiety, which equals 51% of all work-related ill health cases and 55% of all working days lost to work related ill health. People with mental health conditions face major challenges in the workplace, raising awareness of mental health and its effects on individuals is paramount to improving the day to day lives of employees. Employers can help their workforce feel empowered to seek help by:
- Using Time To Talk Day to run an awareness campaign, encouraging the workforce to get talking about mental health, this may be their own experiences and creating a safe space to ask questions.
- Sharing important resources to educate employees
- Highlighting pathways to support, including your EAP.
- Providing mental health training / e-learning, so everyone understands the impact of mental health
- Thinking about implementing Mental Health First Aiders