Time to Talk Day at chruch House Feb 2014

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undefinedStaff and ministers at Church House, Daresbury, made a determined effort to talk with each other recently. They took part in ‘Time to Talk' – a project which aimed to get a million frank conversations going across England on Thursday 6 February.

In Church House as elsewhere, the hope was to get people talking, to raise awareness about mental health problems and to show that having a conversation needn’t be something to fear.

The ‘Time to Talk’ event was co-ordinated in Daresbury by Jane Knight, our diocesan Head of Counselling Services. It was organised as part of ‘Time to Change’ – a national programme to end mental health discrimination.

People took part all day in conversations; touching on mental health over a broad range and including some deeply personal stories.

Free resources were made available, including tea bags showing a conversation-starting idea on the packaging. There were also myth / fact quiz cards, to get people talking, plus a display and prayer cards in the Church House chapel. 

Jane Knight said:  “The focus of the day encouraged people to talk to each other about mental health. People opened and shared some deeply personal and moving stories. It was powerful and connecting.“

The diocesan Mental Health Forum has been working actively to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health.  If you would like to know more or get involved, please email jane.knight@chester.anglican.org

Pictured above (L to R) employees Anne Cody, Sandra James and Hannah Lloyd get talking as part of the special day