Time to Talk Day at Church House 2015

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undefinedScenes like the one PICTURED were repeated many times at Church House Daresbury on Thursday 5 February as staff were encouraged to open up and talk to each other as a way of raising awareness of mental health issues.

Sometimes the isolation and stigma around a mental health concern can feel worse than the issue itself. That’s why we all need to talk.

Jane Knight, our Diocesan Head of Counselling, encouraged all our parishes, as well as those who serve at Church House, to get involved in Time to Talk Day 2015.

The idea behind it is that we should all take five minutes to have a conversation about mental health with a friend or colleague.

Other suggestions included: go out for a walk in the fresh air with someone; phone someone you’ve not spoken to for a while; make someone a cup of tea and have a chat; thank someone for something they’ve done for you; find out what someone does to unwind on a tough day; and tell someone how you’re feeling.

Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and can make a big difference. Time to Talk Day is a project organised with the mental health campaign Time to Change. The website has lots of tips and free resources to help start conversations. www.time-to-change.org.uk

Jane Knight said: “Three quarters of people who have experienced a mental health problem say they have lost friendships as a result, according to a survey. That’s why it’s so important to talk; talking strengthens relationships and helps people feel less isolated.”

Pictured on a ‘Time to Talk’ break at Church House – Stephen Regan, Jane Knight, Hannah Jones and the Revd Dr Christopher Burkett