Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership is encouraging local communities to start a conversation about mental health, in the lead up to Time to Talk Day taking place on Thursday 2 February.
Time to Talk Day is an opportunity to get people talking and listening about mental health, as one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year*. The campaign aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Helen Davey, Chair of the Mental Health Provider Forum for Bradford District and Craven, said: “We’re encouraging our communities to get behind Time to Talk Day on 2 February by starting a conversation about mental health this could be as simple as asking someone how they’re doing, whether it’s with your family, friends or work colleagues.
“Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult, you can do this over a cup of tea or going for a walk and listening to find out how someone is feeling. We know the devasting impact that the cost of living crisis is having on people. This is likely to have an impact on people’s mental health and more than ever people will want and need to talk to someone.”
Naomi Holdsworth, Service Manager for MyWellbeing IAPT Service at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Mental ill-health can affect any one of us at any given time and we know that conversations about mental health can make a positive difference to someone’s life.
“Mental health should be spoken about every day, not just on one particular day, however, Time to Talk Day gives us that opportunity to put a real focus on mental health and encourage people to feel comfortable having a chat. No one should feel like they’re struggling alone, there is always support on offer.”
For support with their mental health, individuals can contact:
- MyWellbeing IAPT Service: this is a free NHS service to help people manage everyday problems such as feeling low, having problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress. Call 01274 221234 or visit bmywellbeingiapt.nhs.uk
- Guide-Line: talk to someone at Guide-Line, it provides confidential, emotional support 365 days a year. Call 08001 884 884 (8am to 12am) or use the live chat online at mindinbradford.org.uk/chat (8am to 12am)
- How to support a child’s mental health: information on how to support a child’s mental health visit This May Help (https://thismayhelp.me/), includes information on how to start a conversation
- For urgent mental health crisis support, please contact First Response on 0800 952 1181. This service offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Anyone that is aged 7 and over can contact Safe Spaces which is a crisis service in the community, this service is available 365 days a year from 12pm to 2.30am. To access Safe Spaces, call First Response on 0800 952 1181 and ask for ‘Safe Spaces’.
Iain MacBeath, Strategic Director for Health and Wellbeing at Bradford Council and Director of Integration for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s not always easy for someone to ask for support but just by starting the conversation, you can help someone. Bradford District and Craven has strong communities, let’s use our existing networks and create new connections on Time to Talk Day.
“To help start mental health conversations in your community, visit the Time to Talk Day website (https://timetotalkday.co.uk/) where you can download a host of materials.”