Choose Talk, Change Lives

Written by: William Kløverød Griffiths, Senior Policy Advisor, See Me Scotland

Published: 03/02/2020

Find out more about the Time to Talk Day on 6 Febuary co-hosted by See Me.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Despite how common mental health problems are, there is still a reluctance to speak openly about mental health. Too many of us are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed because of this culture of silence and stigma.

Conversations can have the real power to change lives. That’s why See Me (This link will take you away from our website),, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, is co-hosting Time to Talk day on 6 February. In partnership with anti-stigma programmes in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, we are encouraging all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

Time to Talk day aims to get everyone in the country talking about mental health. We’re using the popular conversation game ‘would you rather?’ to bust myths and break down barriers. You can get involved by hosting an activity on 6 February, or putting materials out and encouraging people to speak.

There are lots of downloadable resources (This link will take you away from our website) and packs available to order, which include posters, postcards, tip cards and conversation starters. This year See Me have also developed a range of activity and communications packs, to give ideas on what you can do to get people and organisations involved in your area. This has links to materials you can download, ideas for activities and example newsletter text, social media posts and press releases.

This is the third time See Me has been involved in Time to Talk day after a huge success in previous years (This link will take you away from our website). Last year over 300 workplaces, schools, universities, football teams, youth clubs (and more) took part all over Scotland, ordering packs and resources and holding events to get people talking about mental health. With your help, this year it can be bigger than ever!

Choose to talk about mental health this Time to Talk Day

Get ideas for activities (This link will take you away from our website) and communications (This link will take you away from our website, and follow the day itself on #TimetoTalk

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