A campaign to encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues is being supported by NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group.
Time to Talk Day, which takes place on Thursday 2 February, is a national campaign run by Time to Change and aims to get people talking about mental health in a bid to break the silence and stigma that surrounds it.
Talking about mental health doesn't need to be difficult, it can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk and listening to someone talk about how they feel.
Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone's life.
This is what Time to Talk Day is all about – giving everyone the chance to talk and listen about mental health. Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed. By starting a conversation it can make a difference.
One in four people experience mental health problems and many of those face stigma and discrimination as a result.
Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
““All too often people who are experiencing a mental health illness keep it to themselves, worried about what other people might think of them. But this campaign is a fantastic way of showing everyone that sometimes just talking with someone can really help.
“Having a mental health problem is hard enough, but sometimes the isolation and stigma can make it even worse. Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen our ties with other people and help us stay in good mental health. And being listened to helps us feel that other people care about us and what we have to say.”