Time For Change Issues Tips For Talking In Bid To Tackle Mental Health Issues

Talking about mental health with those who suffer from these problems can strengthen friendships, aid their recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something which is so often seen in a negative light.

The new Time To Change online and TV ad campaign aims to help people come to terms with their mental health problems through simple conversation and has issued a few tips on how to start things off on its Tips for Talking web page.

Most people find it difficult to talk about mental illness but the campaign says you don't need to be an expert on mental health to talk about what is normally seen as a very sensitive subject.

According to Time To Change, it's often the everyday things that make a difference – like asking ‘How are you?’ or sending a text and its set up a series of printable Talking Tip card to help remind you how simple helping someone suffering from a mental illness can be.

There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem where small things can really make a big difference. All you have to do in many cases is be there to listen, keep in touch and remind them that you care.

The organisation's Tips for Talking are part of a larger campaign where it is asking people across the UK to start a conversation about mental illness.

The campaign explains how you don't need to be an expert to talk about mental health issues and centres around the fact that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any single year.

Statistically this means that you're more than likely to know someone who has been affected by a mental health issue and below are some of the stars of the campaign explaining how simply talking can make a difference.

Time to Change is a campaign aimed at ending mental health stigma and discrimination across the UK and you can find out more about its latest "Start your conversation" adverts by visiting its Talk about mental health web page.

Alternatively, if you want to find out more about mental health across Wales please visit the various sections of our website for further information about a whole range of these kinds of issues.