Warwickshire County Council supports Time to Talk Day

Residents in Warwickshire are encouraged to think about their own mental health and wellbeing ahead of, and on, Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2 February.

The aim of this year’s national Time to Talk campaign is to get the nation talking about mental health and and keep the conversation going around the clock. This campaign aims to help break the silence and end the stigma and highlight that talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult.

Mental health problems affect one in four people, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships.

Warwickshire County Council is reminding residents of the range of mental health and wellbeing services available within the county including face to face support, books, eBooks, audio CDs, a telephone helpline and an online community at warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth

Online help

Big White Wall (bigwhitewall.com) is an anonymous, online support website guided by trained professionals, where people help each other and share what’s troubling them. Available 24/7, Big White Wall has helped improve the mental health of 95% of users of the website and 80% people are able to better manage how they are feeling without access to any other support.

Meet face to face

For face to face support across Warwickshire, Wellbeing for Warwickshire can help. Support is provided from bases in Bedworth, Leamington, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford and Warwick with outreach services throughout Warwickshire. Wellbeing for Warwickshire aims to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of individuals aged 16 years and over and support people with ongoing mental health issues living in Warwickshire.

The service provides FREE one to one support, walk-in sessions, drop-in sessions, community outreach and workshops.

Telephone helpline

For those who’d prefer to pick up the telephone, a team of trained and experienced support workers are available 24/7 via the Mental Health Matters Helpline on 0800 61 61 71 and 0300 330 5487 for mobiles.

Books from your local library

Reading Well Books on Prescription (BOP) help people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books, audio CDs and e-books – warwickshire.gov.uk/booksonprescription . The books and CDs help with a range of commonly experienced mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and stress. There is also a collection for those with dementia and their carers and relatives.

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “Mental health problems will affect everyone, either directly or indirectly, and agencies in Warwickshire are making it their responsibility to help break the stigma of mental health.

However everyone can contribute to help to overcome the stigma of mental health problems and we would encourage Warwickshire residents to commit to doing something on Time to Talk Day. This may include reaching out to someone they know is having a difficult time, going to the Time to Change website, or finding out more about local services.”

Cllr Alan Webb, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Adults, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “Mental health problems can affect anyone and I would encourage people not to try to cope alone as there is a great deal of support available across Warwickshire.

“For example, Warwickshire Wellbeing Hubs are available across the county and aim to support people to improve their wellbeing through a range of services, including one to one support sessions, drop in support and community outreach.”

To find out more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing support services available within Warwickshire, visit warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth

For information on Time to Talk day, visit time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday