See Me - Time To Talk

Posted by Alan Davidson on 06-02-2020
See Me - Time To Talk

William Griffiths, See Me Scotland's Senior Policy Adviser blogs about Time To Talk Day.

See Me is Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, whose vision is to enable people who experience mental health problems to live fulfilled lives. Alongside partner organisations in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, they are co-hosting Time to Talk day on 6th February 2020.

Time to Talk day aims to get everyone in the country talking about mental health. Too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Conversations have the power to change lives and encourage openness about mental health, wherever they take place.

This is the third time See Me has been involved in Time to Talk day after a huge success in previous years. 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.

This year conversation is at the heart of the day as we use the popular game ‘Would you rather?’ to encourage more people to talk than ever before. This year they would love to spread this even further. You can get involved by hosting an activity on February 6th, or putting materials out, encouraging people to speak.

There are lots of downloadable resources 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.

See Me wants to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet. So please help us spread the word to your networks, we’ve attached some suggested social media posts here, along with some images, if you would be able to share them on your social channels. Wherever you are on the day, have your conversation about mental health.

You can get everything you need for the day here.

Written by Alan Davidson

Policy Officer

Person Centred Team, Scottish Government