Today is Time to Talk Day and we, along with partner agencies, are urging our communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to open up about mental health.
The initiative is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, who state that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
Now, more than ever, as we cautiously move away from the restrictions of the pandemic, we would like friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives. Together we can help break down the stigma associated with seeking support, often at times when we feel at our most vulnerable. Admitting to ourselves we need help, and finding support through someone we can trust demonstrates strength and is an important first step. To ask for, or to offer timely support can make all the difference Let’s get talking…
At midday, we will be holding a Facebook live discussion at force headquarters with colleagues from the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Samaritans.
We will be discussing the barriers to us talking and listening, along with who else we can speak to, if we do not feel able, willing or ready to talk to friends or loved ones.
We will discuss what to do if we think any of are struggling with our mental wellbeing. We will be providing information about the support services available across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Barney Thorne, the force’s safeguarding partnership manager, will be taking part in the Facebook live event. He said: “We, along with our colleagues are supporting Time to Talk Day to try to encourage discussion around mental health
“If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about what support can be provided then please join our discussion this afternoon. We will endeavour to answer any questions as they arise.”