Spark a conversation and change someone's life
You know the saying "it's good to talk" - well this Thursday, February 2, is national Time to Talk Day.
The national campaign promotes the importance of opening up and talking about mental health problems.
Staff, patients and service users at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be joining together to help break the silence and end the cycle of discrimination as part of Time to Talk Day.
The awareness campaign aims to get as many people as possible across the UK talking about mental health. Often people with mental health problems can feel isolated, ashamed or fear discrimination from the stigma that unfortunately still surrounds them.
But talking about mental health problems can make a difference to someone's life and it can be as simple as taking the time to have a cup of tea and a chat, or going for a walk and listening to someone tell you how they really feel.
Lots of activities are taking place around the Trust this week, including coffee and cake afternoon for older patients at the Trust's Rochford Unit, at Pilgrim Hospital.
Anyone can get involved in starting the conversations and can download some Time to Talk Day resources by visiting the website www.lpft.nhs.uk/steps2change to get the ball rolling.
In addition to taking part in Time to Talk Day, the trust is continuing to support the countywide Suicide SAFE campaign.
The initiative aims to get local communities involved in helping to prevent suicides and raise awareness of what we can all do to support friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.
The Suicide SAFE campaign involves a charter which asks local businesses, organisations and clubs to sign up and develop a culture where people are comfortable talking about difficult issues.
Visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/suicidesafe for more details.