Social media users urged to talk about mental health

Time to Talk Day is organised by the charity Time To change to encourage discussions about mental health.

Joe Lepper | 7th Feb 19
Image shows people talking over a cup of tea

A day of activity is taking place on social media today to encourage people to talk about mental health issues.

Time to talk day (7 February) is being organised by Time to Change, which campaigns against mental health discrimination and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Conversations about mental health on social media is a key aspect of the campaign.

Share a selfie

This year people are being encouraged to share a selfie about the ingredients that make a good conversation about mental health. This could be something physical, such as making a cup of tea, or an idea, such as “no judgement” that can be written on a piece of paper for the selfie.

People are also encouraged to use #TimetoTalk on Twitter and Instagram. In addition, a promotional video has been released on Youtube to back the campaign.

The impact of social media on relationships is another focus of the Time to Talk day, which was first run six years ago.

Time to Change has released the results of a survey of 5,000 adults which found that more than half (51%) say they do not need to talk to friends in ‘real life’ because they are kept up to date via social media.

The average person has 770 friends on social media but a fifth (18%) said that they wouldn’t feel able to call upon them if they were struggling with their mental health.

“We might think we know how our friends are doing because we’ve seen their latest post on social media,” said Time to Change Director Jo Loughran.

“However, in a world where many of us only share our ‘best bits’ online we’re urging everyone to use Time to Talk Day as an opportunity to break down barriers and have real and meaningful conversations about their mental health.”

To take part Time to Change has released a free downloadable set of promotional materials.

Other activity the charity is encouraging includes a coffee morning at work, or handing out materials at a local train station.

During last year’s event more than 100,000 people took part online.

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