Time To Change have designated today, 6th February as the first "Time to Talk Day" and are encouraging people across the UK to have conversations about mental health. The aim is to raise awareness and share the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is talking about it.
RCT Welsh Lib Dem campaign manager Karen Roberts says
"It is unfortunate that mental health problems are still a taboo subject for far too many people.
Sufferers need and deserve help just the same as someone suffering with any other health problem, and there are far more of them than you would think. None of us should be afraid to talk about these problems and once a sufferer is brave enough to admit it then they will probably find a lot more people around them willing to stand up and admit similar problems.
There is no shame in admitting that you have a mental health problem. The shame is that society is still not ready to accept these illnesses on the same level as any other. The shame is that people are made to feel so embarrassed that they avoid seeking help. The shame is with those people who just don't want to understand."
Time to Talk day