AN event aimed at encouraging people to talk about their mental health will be taking place in Leicester tomorrow.
On Thursday (6 February), from 10am to 4pm, there will be a ‘Time to Talk’ stand in the Haymarket shopping centre. It has been organised by the city council’s public health team, and will offer information and advice on how to combat the stigma and discrimination that can surround mental health problems.
The event marks Time to Talk day, a national campaign which promotes talking honestly and openly about mental health issues. The information stand will also have details of the support that is available to people locally if they are struggling with their mental health.
Assistant city mayor Cllr Vi Dempster, who leads on public health, said: “It can be hard to talk about your mental health and wellbeing, but every person who shares their story is helping to contribute to breaking down the stigma and changing negative attitudes towards mental health.
“That’s why I’m really pleased we are supporting Time to Talk Day in this way, offering people the chance to find out more about what’s available locally and starting conversations about mental health.”
Time to Talk Day is part of the Time to Change campaign, the biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination across England.
To find out more about the Time to Change Leicester campaign and about mental health services in the city, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/mentalhealth