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Time to Talk - 2nd February 2023

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What is Time to Talk Day?

This year, Time to Talk day is on 2 February 2023. The day is organised by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and promotes having conversations about mental health and how we can support ourselves and others.

Why is Time to Talk Day important?

Everyone has mental health, but some people need more support with theirs than others. Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health which people do automatically, so why do people not look after their mental health as much?

Every year 1 in 4 people will suffer with their mental health in some form. It is important to keep talking about mental health, to create safe and supportive environments to help those who need it. By opening up the conversations around mental health, you can support yourself and others and make the conversations more comfortable.

How can I get involved?

Mental health chats should be encouraged at any time not just on special days like Time to Talk. Here are some ways you can help people, and yourself, to look after your own mental health;

  • Check in with a friend
  • Pop by and visit someone who you haven’t seen for a while
  • Arrange to meet a friend for coffee
  • Go for a walk with someone to stay active and have company when doing so
  • Have some coffee and biscuits in the office away from your computers to catch up with colleagues

Conversations have the power to change lives. However you choose to start the conversation, know you are helping to be part of the supportive community needed to spread the word of mental health.

What Johnson Astills do to help.

Here at Johnson Astills, the management team have all completed wellbeing and mental health training and we have specialist mental health first aiders to support our staff too. It is important to us to make sure our staff are looked after in every way and that includes their mental health.

On the 2nd February 2023, Johnson Astills are holding a coffee and chat in both our offices for staff to take a break away from their desk and enjoy some coffee and biscuits with each other. For those not in the office, there will be a Team link set up so everyone can have a break and a chat with colleagues.

Further information on Mental Health

If you would like some further advice, please access the Mind website, Rethink Website and NHS website below