Make Time to Talk on 1 February

Suffolk Mind, is supporting the national Time to Talk Day (1 February) at Quay Place, Ipswich, with free activities and access to information about services in the county. 

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day, on Thursday 1st February, is a chance to talk, listen and change lives.

Suffolk Mind is holding a Coffee and Conversation event at Quay Place in Ipswich from 10.30am to 12.30pm, providing information about mental health and wellbeing, as well as hosting activities linked with the day. 

Since Time to Talk Day launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces in the media and online.

Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Carole Thain said, “This event is a great opportunity to bring together all the partners in the Time to Change Suffolk hub, enabling visitors to gain information about support available locally.

“As well as members of the public, we hope local employers and their employees will take time to come and visit the information stands, and have some meaningful conversations about mental health.  

“We have some great activities lined up which will include making stress balls and the opportunity to decorate a wellbeing pebble with a personal message, to keep or to give away.”

Time to Change local Champions will be at the Time to Talk event to talk to people about mental health. They will also provide information on how to become a Champion.

A Time to Change Champion is a person with lived experience of mental health problems who challenge stigma proactively in our communities by running activities and events, speaking about their own experience and passing on knowledge and expertise to other Champions to grow the social movement. 

Gill Jones from Healthwatch Suffolk says, “Becoming a Champion is easy. You just need to go to the national Time to Change website and complete the form. You can also complete a paper copy if you prefer.

She continued, “Our Time to Change Suffolk Hub is embedded within the VASP (Voluntary & Statutory Partnership) network and includes everyone in the county. It is so important for us all to work towards stamping out stigma around mental health and making positive changes in our attitudes and behaviour. Working towards this, we hope, will create an environment where parity of esteem becomes the norm.”

The Coffee and Conversation event is a free event being held at Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ.


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