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Let's talk about mental health today in Bucks

Time to Change 2019

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:41am 7th February 2019.

Events will be taking place across Buckinghamshire to mark Time to Talk Day (7th Feb) as part of a nationwide push to get everyone talking more openly about mental health.

Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible to have conversations about mental health.

There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health; whether that is talking on a walk or listening over a cup of tea, conversations can make a big difference.

Since its launch in 2014, Time to Talk Day has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.

Events happening in Buckinghamshire include:

  • A free community Walk and Talk event on Waddesdon Greenway on 7 February: The walk is open to everyone and starts at Aylesbury Vale Parkway Railway Station (HP18 0PE) at 2pm, finishing at Waddesdon Cricket Club. Tea and cakes will be served at the Cricket Club at the end of the walk
  • Tea and Talk pop-up cafes at libraries: Join us on 7 February between 10am and 12pm for a free coffee or tea and a conversation at Aylesbury, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe libraries
  • County Council staff events: On the first Time to Talk Day since the County Council signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, staff will be marking the day by running a lunchtime Tea and Talk event as well as encouraging staff across the organisation to get talking about mental health
  • Buckinghamshire Mind is delivering assemblies and peer support training in schools across Buckinghamshire
  • Healthwatch Bucks is holding a Tea and Talk session at their offices to mark their organisation signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge
  • Bucks New University's Student Union is holding a Tea and Talk café for students and university visitors at the Wycombe campus
  • Buckinghamshire Mind is signing their Time to Change Employer Pledge in Aylesbury Library as part of the Tea and Talk pop-up café.

Noel Brown, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said:

"Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to start to talk more openly about mental health so that we can break down the stigma that is still associated with it.

"Having conversations about mental health not only helps break down stereotypes, it improves relationships, aids recovery and helps us realise that mental health problems can affect us all.

"There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health - and you don't have to be an expert to talk to a colleague, friend or family member.

"So however you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day."

Time to Change Buckinghamshire, led by Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire MIND, works alongside the established national campaign aiming to change attitudes towards mental health through working with local communities, workplaces and schools.

You can get involved here

Buckinghamshire Mind

Buckinghamshire Mind, in partnership with Time to Change Buckinghamshire, will be holding a Tea and Talk event at Aylesbury Library for Time to Talk Day, Thursday 7th February from 10am to 2pm.

Time to Talk Day aims to bring the nation together to get talking about mental health.

Andrea McCubbin, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Mind:

"We are inviting the public to come along for a cup and tea or coffee and a chat at Aylesbury Library. 

"Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense.

"Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health."

Andrea McCubbin will also be signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of Buckinghamshire Mind at the Tea and Talk event.

By signing the Employer Pledge, Buckinghamshire Mind is demonstrating its commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and to make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.

"Buckinghamshire Mind is leading by example and we hope this will encourage other organisations in Buckinghamshire to sign the Employers Pledge.

"Looking after the mental health and wellbeing of your employees is as vital as looking after their physical wellbeing.

"It also makes good business sense: tackling stigma can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, presenteeism levels, staff wellbeing and productivity, and retention.

"Since signing the Employer Pledge, 95% of employers said it had a positive impact on their organisation."

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people still find it difficult 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.

As well as the Tea and Talk event, Buckinghamshire Mind will be delivering mental health awareness assemblies throughout the week and will be encouraging children, teachers and parents to use Time to Talk Day as an opportunity to start a conversation about mental health.

Find out more about the Employer Pledge here

Walk and Talk along the Greenway

Help challenge the silence around mental health and join Time to Change Buckinghamshire on their Walk & Talk event along the Waddesdon Greenway on Thursday 7th February.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. But starting a conversation doesn't have to be awkward, and being there for someone can make a huge difference.

Fresh air and exercise can both help those struggling with their mental health. And talking to someone whilst walking can be easier than a face-to-face conversation.

Time to Change Buckinghamshire are leading the walk along the Waddesdon Greenway, starting from Aylesbury Vale Parkway railway station at 2pm and finishing at Waddesdon Cricket Club for tea and cake.

You can find out more here 

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