Time to Change
01/24/2017 at 12:01. Facebook
"There are lots of simple ways you could make a difference. This could be making a decision to stop using stigmatising language, or to challenge those comments when you hear them. It may be as simple as asking a friend or colleague 'how are you?', waiting to hear their answer and being there if they need it."

Time to Talk Day is on 2 February. Read Rosie's blog on why it's important to talk -...
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Time to Change
yesterday at 10:09. Facebook
"Without that conversation I would not have taken the first step towards a great future. Through listening and caring, and speaking kind and informed words, you have the power to give somebody their worth back."

One conversation with a teacher changed Sophie's life. Time to Talk Day is coming, and you could have the same impact, just by asking "how are you?". Read Sophie's story: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Time to Change
01/21/2017 at 09:30. Facebook
"Just send somebody a text - a loved one, a friend, ask them exactly how they feel. And when they say they're OK, dig a bit deeper."

Alan's having a conversation on Time to Talk Day - are you? Conversations change lives, so on 2 February we're going to get the nation talking about mental health. Find out how you can get involved: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Time to Change
01/20/2017 at 11:36. Facebook
"I worried over what my tutors and peers would think and doubted if I would even get in. I debated if I should lie or not, but with my parents constantly reminding me that I had nothing to be ashamed of, I decided to be honest, which came sooner than I thought."

Read Nicole's tips for talking about mental health at university: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Time to Change
01/19/2017 at 14:20. Facebook
"Things became even worse when someone looked at me and said, 'why don’t you think about Kevin in the year above, he’s got CANCER, try and imagine how he feels?!' and in that one moment, I have never felt so ashamed for having a mental illness."

How you think and act about mental illness can make a huge difference. Read Charlotte's blog about #anxiety and attitudes: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Time to Change
01/18/2017 at 12:11. Facebook
Time to Talk Day is on 2nd February, just around the corner! There are lots of ways you can have your conversation. Order tip cards and download other resources to get started: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Time to Change
01/17/2017 at 12:16. Facebook
'There are 23 men in my extended family, and among these 23 men there is anxiety, depression, grief and anger issues. But I have never heard any of these men complain, cry or admit they “can’t cope.”'

Read Cara's blog about men and mental health, in which she asks the men that she knows why they aren't open about their experiences of mental health problems: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Depression does not have to be scary. It needs to be talked about. Silence only makes it worse and I had to learn that the hard way."

Time to Talk Day is coming up on 2 February, and you could change someone's life with a conversation about mental health. Read Lucie's blog about why it's crucial that we get talking: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Even if you have no experience of mental illness yourself, that doesn’t mean it does not exist. It’s real, it’s frightening and overwhelming."

Read Megan's blog: [ Bit.ly Link ]
“You’re crazy!”
“You’re so over dramatic”
“Just calm down!”
“Stop being so manipulative!”
“Whats wrong with you?"

"These are just some of the awful comments I’ve received, let alone what others have to deal with."

Read Amy's blog about why we should think before we speak: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"If I need to disclose my condition in order to attend appointments, I run the risk of losing a job, but if I don't attend appointments, my doctor says I'm also at risk – it is a catch 22 situation."

Read Nicola's story about BPD discrimination at her workplace and university: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"It can be as simple as sending a loved one a text, asking how they are doing, making sure to include them, letting them know you are there if they ever wanted to talk."

Jodie shares a bunch of people's stories about the impact of talking and listening in this great blog post: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Often, the reason you can't tell anyone about mental health at work, it boils down to shame, stigma and a fear of losing your job."

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced plans to tackle the shame and exclusion around mental health in schools and at work. Read Lucy's blog about why it's essential that workplaces are open and supportive to mental health, and how stigma affected her: [...
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"Losing friends and relatives because of a mental disorder - that I was born with, that I can't control, and that I will have to learn to live with for the rest of my life - it just doesn't seem fair to me."

Read Lily's blog about her experience of mental illness and how she has learned to hide what she's going through: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"We need to create a society where talking about mental health is normal, so that people feel able to reach out."

Conversations change lives. Will you help make it normal to talk about mental health? Time to Talk Day is on 2 February - get ready for the day and spread the word: [ Bit.ly Link ]
“Now I’m not saying everyone should go and see a counsellor or a therapist or head off on a soul saving mission to Tibet and book themselves into the first Buddhist monastery they come across, but I am saying we need to talk, because one in four adults will suffer from mental illness, and suicide takes the lives of more men under the age of 50 than anything else.”

Read Dan’s blog on why men...
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"Being able to talk openly to people (aside from my incredible therapist) has been vital on my road to recovery. I have one friend in particular who made a point of researching all my diagnoses. As a result she 100% understands and has been able to support me in a way not many others have."

Find out what bloggers Emma and Sophie are doing to make it normal to talk about mental health: [...
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"People saved my life, people have given me the foundation to fight back and people now give my life meaning. Their actions have an effect on how I feel, they can lift me up with common, everyday feelings that I can’t experience and light up my entire day, or they can sink me with a thoughtless word or careless action."

Read Jon's blog about the difference people made in his battle with...
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"The people around me have changed - my family are a lot more open to it, and I have friends that have made leaps and bounds in understanding. It's not something that I should be ashamed of: if I had a physical health problem I wouldn't be embarrassed."

Our movement to change the way we think and act about mental health is gaining momentum, but it's never been more important to challenge the...
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"We need to educate ourselves and understand that it doesn't matter where biologically in the body an illness occurs, the effects on the soul are just as detrimental and damaging."

Young blogger Olivia writes about the shame and guilt that people's attitudes cause: [ Bit.ly Link ]