A Time to Change event came to Nottingham today (Thursday) to promote positivity towards mental health issues and raise awareness for the problems that people face everyday.

February 4 was designated Time to Talk Day in a bid to encourage people who may be experiencing any problems to come and speak to someone.

The event involved over 30 volunteers, most who have suffered from mental health problems themselves, who were on hand to speak to the public to give them more information.

Stalls were set up in Trinity Square where volunteers were giving away goodies and offering things such as face painting and henna tattoos.

One of the organisers of the event, Oz Osborne, said it was important to have a more interactive and fun style of event rather than something formal.

He said: “At previous events I’ve attended, organisations hand out leaflets but this only tends to appeal to people who already have an interest in mental health.

“The really important thing about the Time to Change event is that it reaches out to inform people that don’t know much about mental health.”

Mr Osborne is a director of The Outsiders, a group that runs social projects to help promote community cohesion. He said that it was important to banish any discrimination that comes with mental illness.

“People hear depression and psychiatrist and automatically think negatively, but we’re hear to reduce that stigma.”

Anita Kumari has experienced first hand what it’s like to live with mental health problems. She now participates in events to help others in the same position. She said: “I want people to know that the quicker we talk about it, the quicker we will recover.

“That’s what I like so much about my job, that I get to help others that are in the same position that I was in myself for such a long time.

“Today was have 30 volunteers who are sharing their experiences and we train them to help us break the stigma around mental health.”

Similar events to this runs around the country throughout the year. For more information visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/