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Make some time to talk


WITH 1 in 4 of people in Warrington likely to experience a mental health problem in any given year and many of us too afraid to talk about it, a special Time to Talk day is taking place in the town today (Thursday).

Time to Talk Day is to encourage everyone to to openly discuss mental healthThe campaign, run by Time to Change, normalises conversations relating to mental health and challenges myths about mental health problems.

Time to Change shares tips and suggestions to help you start your conversations about mental health, as well as free resources that you can download. You can find out more about Time to Talk day, the free resources available and getting involved, by visiting time-to-change.org.uk

Warrington Borough Council will be supporting Time to Talk Day and encouraging people across the town to have positive conversations about mental health in their workplace, school, college, or amongst family and friends.

Cabinet member for housing, public health and wellbeing, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin said: “Time to Talk day is a great opportunity to start conversations with family, friends and colleagues that we may have otherwise been avoiding.

“Even though public understanding of mental health has come on leaps and bounds, there’s still a stigma to openly admitting ‘I struggle with my mental health’ or acknowledging that others may need to talk through issues.

“We hope that the day will encourage Warrington residents to have these sort of discussions all year round, recognize if and when they or others are struggling and seek help when needed.”

Warrington’s mental health website, happyoksad.org.uk is a resource that can be used by all who live or work in Warrington, and it details:

·         tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing, as well as directories of local and national mental health support services;

·         symptoms of common mental health problems;

·         services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment;

·         support available if someone can’t cope and needs help right now; and

·         how to access free mental wellbeing training and resources.


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