Swindon charities unite to support Time to Talk Day

Charities from across Swindon are coming together on Thursday 2nd February to hold Swindon’s Biggest Conversation.

Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health. Events across Swindon will encourage people to talk, listen and change lives.Swindon Wellbeing are coordinating the day. That’s a network of local organisations focused on helping people with their mental health and wellbeing.

Time to Talk Day - Yazmin Taylor of Swindon and Gloucester MIND
Time to Talk Day – Yazmin Taylor of Swindon and Gloucester MIND

Yazmin Taylor, Service Lead at Swindon & Gloucester Mind, said: ‘Mental health problems are common and can affect any of us. Yet too often people are afraid to talk in an open way about mental health for fear of judgement.’

It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for us all. Time to Talk Day is a chance for everyone to open up – to talk, to listen, to change lives,’ she said.

Events

Swindon & Gloucester Mind is running events throughout the day at Swindon Hub, the community space on The Parade in Swindon’s town centre. Other organisations have events running at:

  • Pinetrees Community Centre
  • Olive Tree Café
  • the Nythe Centre.

People can struggle to find the right time or place to talk about mental health. Thus Time to Change is asking people to have a conversation wherever they are – at home, at school, or even at the top of a mountain.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting. But simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice.

‘We want to encourage everyone one to get involved and get talking’, says Jol Rose from Voluntary Action Swindon, one of the campaign organisers. ‘We all have mental health so it’s something for everyone.’

You can contact Swindon Wellbeing via their website www.swindon-wellbeing.org or Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

More information and resources for Time to Talk Day are at https://timetotalkday.co.uk

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