There’s a stigma around mental health disorders that makes them taboo to talk about. However, that’s part of the problem. According to Time to Change, about one in four people have a mental illness. For that reason, this U.K. charity has planned a new Time to Talk Day (TTTD) for 2019.
Time to Talk Day 2019
The purpose of TTTD is to encourage everyone to talk about mental health. Time to Change launched this national awareness day in 2014. Since then, it has turned into an important date to recognize the value of overall well-being.
For 2019, TTTD will occur on February 7. Time to Change simply wants people to talk about their mental health. In order to do that, they can include this topic in conversations at home, work and around their communities. Since mental health is the leading cause of disability among U.K. residents, TTTD aims to improve the statistics.
About 25 percent of the national population experiences a mental issue every year. Across Britain, 20 percent of the days that people miss from work is because of depression and anxiety recovery. In England alone, about 12.5 percent of teens under the age of 19 have mental conditions. It’s also common for people to have more than one mental illness at the same time, which are co-occurring disorders.
By talking about mental health more openly, the stereotypes begin to break down, and relationships can improve. Because of that, recovery becomes easier, and people enjoy their lives more.
About Time to Change
As a social movement, Time to Change has a mission to transform how everyone perceives mental health disorders. It has reached millions of people already and improved their attitudes. However, many more still don’t think that mental health affects them or those around them. Also, Time to Change believes that nobody should be afraid or ashamed of seeking mental health treatment.
To spread awareness and join the conversation, some groups have planned to host events for Time to Talk Day. For instance, My Mind Matters Too will host its first spotlight session. This open mic event will provide a platform and a safe place for people to share and listen to personal stories. The discussion will start at 6 p.m. at King’s College London.
However, there are many other ways for people to get involved. They can start up conversations anywhere, including grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and workplace break rooms. They don’t have to be experts on the subject either.
In addition, people don’t have to live in the United Kingdom to participate. Time to Change has made several guides available to download from its website. These information packets include materials to jump-start the discussion in sports clubs, schools, and other community areas.
Get Mental Health Treatment Today
You shouldn’t feel ashamed because you have a mental health problem. Instead, you should seek help. Pillars Recovery offers individualized services for a range of conditions, including:
- Depression treatment program
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- Individual and group therapy
- Addiction treatment programs
Don’t let stereotypes keep you from having a fulfilled life. Learn more about how you can participate in Time to Talk Day. Dial 866-782-0247 to speak with our helpful staff.