Talking to someone is the first step to helping your mental health.

We take care of our bodies every day, with what we put into it and the exercise we do, but why do we struggle to take care of our mental health?

According to Mind.org one in four people will experience a mental health problem this year alone.

This could include anything from anxiety, to OCD or even suicidal thoughts.

Time to Talk day on February 6, is encouraging people to have a conversation about mental well-being whether it be their own, or someone else’s.

“I think there is a huge stigma around mental health when there shouldn’t be.”
jAMES PORTER, 34

“It’s definitely different for men and women,” added James . “My wife could call her friends whenever and talk about her feelings but it’s harder for us to do the same.”

In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders according to mentalhealth.org.uk.

Melissa Stratford, 19, said:  “Being away from home has definitely made it harder to speak to people. You don’t want to burden your parents when you’re living away and they can’t physically be there to help.

“But I know that they’ll answer when I call, and talking is the best medicine.”

Time to Talk day, run by Time to Change are hosting various events all around Nottingham that are free to drop by and get involved with.

Tips for talking from Time to Change:

  1. Ask questions and listen.
  2. Think about the time and place.
  3. Don’t try and fix it.
  4. Treat them the same.
  5. Be patient.

Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo topic in 2020 and campaigns such as this which encourage people of all ages and genders to start talking about their feelings is a great place to start suggest organisations in the sector.

Rhys Whiteside, 21, said: “I’m lucky to have a great group of mates around me that when I’m feeling low I can message them and let them know.

“I think a lot of men are embarrassed to talk about their mental health because they feel weak when they shouldn’t.”

For more information and to find a ‘time to talk’ event near you visit: www.time-to-change.org.uk