Time to talk

It’s easy to think that there’s no right place to talk about mental health. As a result, many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

TTT 2018

Mental health problems affects one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health, we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.


Today is Time to Talk Day, and it is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also left with the burden to talk about mental health in the wider sense. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health. And this year, Time to Talk propose that ‘Any Place is the Right Place’ to talk about mental health –  whether you are at home, at work or up the top of mountain!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing – you can, and you should, talk about mental health. Share where you’re having your conversation using #timetotalk.Time To Talk 2018 - Simon's PledgeIf you’re experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help. Time To Change have lots of useful resources and contacts on their website.Time To Talk 2018.png


Written by

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) MMRS is a multi-award-winning patient advocate, consultant, researcher, and writer from Manchester in the United Kingdom. He is recognised as one of the top 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK, and was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with a variety of health conditions, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood, as well as a carer for his late mum. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a trustee of RAiISE. He is the former President of the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).


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