Time to Talk day will take place on Thursday 6 February and with 1 in 4 of us experiencing a mental health problem in any given year there has never been a better time to talk.
The more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.
This year’s conversation is based on the popular game ‘Would you rather?’ to encourage more people to talk than ever before. If you’re not familiar with the game, don’t worry – by asking one of the ‘Would you rather’ questions you’ll be able to start up a mental health conversation with your friends, family and colleagues.
Here's some example 'would you rathers':
Have the neck of an ostrich? Or Talk to a colleague who’s burying their feelings?
Be stuck in a spider’s web? Or Talk to a friend who feels trapped in their thoughts?
Kiss a Jellyfish? Or Talk to a colleague who feels at sea?
Take a bath in honey? Or Talk to a friend who is in a sticky situation?
This week NFRS staff have made a pledge of their choice to help end the stigma around Mental health. This could have been a pledge to listen to a colleague, have tea and toast with a friend or even a pledge not to take work home with them.