Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health said, “With one in four people experiencing mental health problems each year, talking about mental wellbeing should become part of our everyday conversations. Whether it’s just texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or being a good listener to members of your family, please make this Time to Talk Day, the day you reach out to those around you.
Connecting with others is absolutely key to good mental health and it can really help people feel supported to cope with life’s ups and downs.”
Connecting in this way is one of the recognised Five Ways to Wellbeing, along with being active, learning, giving to others and being mindful of the world around you. Time to Talk Day highlights that listening and talking can build knowledge and understanding of issues that affect mental health, enabling everyone to play a part to support positive change.
On a national level, the NHS initiative Every Mind Matters offers tips and tools to develop good mental health and wellbeing. It provides a free ‘mind plan’, as well as expert advice and practical ways to help others. Letting someone know you are concerned about them, opening up a conversation and offering your time to listen are important ways to help anyone who is struggling.