Kim, assistant manager (right) and Saj, security (left) in the Friars Lane Shop promoting the Tea and Talk event.

When was the last time you sat down and talked openly and honestly about how you were really feeling?

The Mind Shop are inviting you to do just that with its upcoming Time to Talk Day.

The theme this year is Time for Tea, where the charity is encouraging people to pop in for a cuppa, slice of cake and a conversation.

Retail manager at the Friars Lane shop, Anita Welsh said: “the whole idea of this time to talk day is basically just getting people to talk, being open and honest about their feelings and mental health. It can be as simple as being a bit stressed about a deadline.”

Time to Talk Day is an opportunity for anyone to discuss anything that is on their mind with staff who are trained to give advice and support. Whether it be mental health problems, people who don’t know how to communicate anymore or feel withdrawn from the community.

“This isn’t just a one-hit wonder it is not just for that day. We want to give them their confidence back and if we can do that for one person that is great for us,” added Anita.

Anyone can attend the Time for Tea event.

Despite the event being called Time To Talk Day, the staff say they are always willing to talk to anyone and will never turn anyone away.

Staff are trained in a wide variety of subjects, whether it be about finance, legal issues or housing, and can always point you in the right direction.

World Health Organisation statistics show that 1 in 4 people in this country today suffer with a mental health problem.

The national average for students is 27% which is above the national average for mental health problems.

Mind have multiple platforms where help can be received such as through its website’s ‘I need help now’ button, which is for those in desperate need of wanting someone to talk to.

Most people who work for Mind would have either known someone with a mental health illness and want to give back or they have gone through the system and Mind have helped them.

Time To Talk Day is held at The Mind Shop, Friars Lane, Nottingham, on Thursday February 6.