As part of the national Time to Change campaign, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust encouraged the people of Derby to speak about mental health issues.
We invited members of the public to attend a free coffee morning on Time to Talk Day (6 February) at St James Centre in Derby to support the campaign’s aim of sparking one million conversations about mental health in just one day.
Information and advice stalls were available for visitors to browse on the day to understand more about the different types of mental health issues, how these affect 1 in 4 individuals each year across the UK and where to access support.
An attendee at the coffee morning with lived experience of mental ill health said:
"Events like today are very important as they bring together different people and organisations who all have one aim in mind - to improve the mental health of individuals who are currently experiencing or have experienced mental health problems."
Derbyshire Healthcare recognises that sometimes it’s the little things which make a big difference when it comes to somebody’s emotional wellbeing - like having a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, sending a text message or inviting someone out. So, on Time to Talk Day the Trust encouraged people to start a conversation about mental health.
Shirley Houston, Engagement Officer for Derbyshire Healthcare, who organised the event said:
“You don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health. It’s often the small things that make the biggest difference. We would like to invite you to be a part of the millions that will be talking about mental health on 6 February.”