Residents in Warwickshire are encouraged to think about their own mental health and wellbeing ahead of, and on, Time to Talk Day this Thursday 1 February. It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.
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. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. Wherever you are – at home, at work or up the top of a mountain! – have your conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
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. Further details on these, and other services is available at warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth
Meet face to face
For face to face support across Warwickshire, Wellbeing for Warwickshire can help. Support is provided from bases in North Warwickshire, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, Leamington, Warwick and Stratford 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.
Find out more from: www.cwmind.org.uk/wbw or call: 02477 712288
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.
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.
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.
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, talking about their own mental health, or going to Warwickshire’s mental health and wellbeing website to find out more about local services.”
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