It’s finally here! Time to Talk Day 2016 – today is the biggest day for raising awareness about mental illness, and ridding ourselves of the stigma that is still sadly attached to mental health issues and those that suffer from them. From the Time to Change website;
Mental health problems are common – but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
So, I’m taking today as a chance to get talking as much as possible about mental health – if you’re on Twitter, you can find me there – @MouthAndSpoons – feel free to tweet me any questions about BPD and mental health awareness, or just for a chat!
We talk about so much nonsense in life. The weather, what’s on TV, who’s doing the best in football, the Kardashians… surely mental health should be something we can talk about in passing too? It doesn’t have to be a deep, exhausting conversation – just asking someone how they’re feeling, being open about mental health and how if affects you, let’s make it normal to not be normal eh?
BONUS: I worked with Time to Change a few years ago as part of their campaign ‘The little things‘, which involved a day in London having photos taken that were eventually made into posters that were up in the London Underground and on buses. Me and the Husband had a wonderful time, met some amazing people (and a dog named Marmite) and I had a make-up artist make me look gorgeous.