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Aylesbury hosts event to encourage mental health talks

Today is about encouraging open conversations around mental health

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:37am 6th February 2020. (Updated at 1:15pm 6th February 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury hosts event to encourage mental health talks

The Aylesbury event is just one across the UK promoting conversations about mental health.

Today, Feb 6th, is Time to Talk day where people are encouraged to not only talk about mental health but listen to other people stories.

Organised by Time to Change a group working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. 

31% of people in the South East say they would put off speaking to a fried over fears of an awkward conversation. 

Elisha, a Time to Change Champion, says she understands people can be worried to bring the topic up:

"People are scared, they don't want to say the wrong thing, they don't want to say something that might upset someone.

"We are trying to stop that stigma, we trying to break that ice. We don't know what the other people is going through, and they might want to be heard. 

"That's why saying something like 'How's your day?'... Thats going to make them feel heard and not alone."

It isn't just about sharing experiences though, Time to Talk wants people to feel more comfortable discussing mental health in general.

Willow is also a Time to Change Champion, and says removing the stigma around mental health is important:

"Its all about getting people to talk more. 9 times out of 10 if you start that conversation there will be someone in their family, or a time when they had mental health worries. Even though they might not have labeled it before."

In Aylesbury the Meet and Mingle event will be held at The Healthy Living Centre at Walton Court, HP21 8TJ, from 10am-12pm, where Bucks Mind will be present.

That is only one part of the day though, with workplaces, schools and friends running their own events to promote talking about mental health.

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