Wherever you are on 1 February, take 'Time to Talk' about mental health
We know that people with mental health problems can often feel isolated and embarrassed or even ashamed about talking about their concerns, but getting people talking can go a long way to help.
Thursday 1st February 2018 is Time to Talk Day from the charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness and is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives.
The chairs of NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG, Dr Andrew Wilson and Dr Jonathan Griffiths, will both be taking time out to talk to staff within the CCGs offices in Nantwich, over tea and cake.
Dr Wilson, GP and Chair of NHS South Cheshire CCG, said: “Just listening to someone who is having problems with their mental health and not judging them, can be the best thing you can do to help.
Dr Griffiths, GP and Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: “This may appear to be a small step, but it’s these small steps which can make a big difference to someone who is having a tough time.
“We’ll also be starting our Governing Body meeting on the 1st February with a patient story, as we do at every Governing Body meeting, to ensure our focus is always on our patient and making them at the heart of everything we do.
“Use Time to Talk Day in your workplace, or at home, as an opportunity to open up about mental health.”
Find out more, including helpful packs to help you start the conversation, online at www.time-to-change.org.uk
You can also find more mental health support on the CCG websites: