It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about mental health in St Helens

You don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health

New campaign aims to get people talking and break down the stigma around mental health problems.

If your friend had a broken leg, or he or she had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn’t think twice about asking how they were. Anyone can experience a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it is important to us all.

You don’t need to be an expert about mental health though. Sometimes, just doing the little things, like asking someone how they are, is all it takes to let someone know you’re still thinking about them and make a big difference to how they’re feeling.

On the 16th  and 17th  May, the Health Improvement Team St Helens, which is part of Bridgewater

Community Healthcare NHS Trust, launches its Time to Talk…in St Helens campaign.

As part of the Healthy in St Helens event our team will be in Church Square on the 16th and 17th offering information and tips on how you can start your conversation with a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour.

The campaign links closely with the national Time to Change campaign, which aims to end mental health discrimination. Since its launch in 2007, evidence shows that there has been significant improvement in public attitudes to mental health.1

That call, that walk, that text, that cuppa – it’s the little things that make a big difference

There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem.

As part of our local event, we’re encouraging people to make a pledge to do something small, but meaningful for a friend whether it’s a walk, a call a text or a chat over a cuppa.

On the 16th and 17th, come along and add your pledge to our Pledge Wall, or you can pledge online at

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health at St Helens Council says, ‘ From time to time many people will have problems in their life they may impact on their mental wellbeing and mental health, being able to talk to someone and discuss issues can often help.

“We all know what it feels like to feel stressed and/or anxious, so making time to listen and talk is an important  part  of  good  health  and  helps  to  challenge  the  stigma  associated  with  mental  health problems.  The campaign ‘Time to Talk’ will highlight the importance of mental health and how small actions can help to address problems.”

You may have seen the TV adverts earlier this year for Time to Change, which show the small things you can do to be there for someone you know.

You can also get involved by downloading materials from and sharing them with friends and colleagues.

Our event also coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from the 12th  – 18th  May 2014.

Further details about mental health and wellbeing and self-care can be found on the Live Life Well website, which has been developed by the Health Improvement Team:

For further information about the content of this news release, please contact the Health Improvement Team St Helens Communications Team on 0300 300 0103 (option 2).

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