Thursday, 1st February is Time to Talk Day when Warwickshire residents are encouraged to think about their own mental health and wellbeing. It’s easy to think there’s no right time to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life will be for all of us.
Mental health problems affect one in four people, yet to often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs and relationships. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives. Wherever you are at home, at work or up the top of a mountain – have your conversation about mental health.
A range of mental health and wellbeing services are available for Warwickshire residents including face to face support, books, eBooks, audio CDs, a telephone helpline and an online community. Further details on these, and other services are available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mental health.
Meeting Face to Face
For face to face support across Warwickshire, Wellbeing for Warwickshire can help. Support is provided from local bases including North Warwickshire and Nuneaton with outreach services across Warwickshire. Wellbeing for Warwickshire aims to enhance and support the mental health and wellbeing of people aged 16 years and over.
The service provides FREE one to one support, walk in sessions, drop-in sessions, community outreach and workshops. To find out more call 024 7771 2288 or click on the link above.
Books from your local Library
Reading Well Books on Prescription (BOP) help people manage their own health and wellbeing through recommended self-help books, audio CD and eBooks. The materials help with a range of commonly experienced mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and stress. There are also materials for those with dementia, their carers and relatives.
If you would prefer to pick up the telephone, a team of trained and experienced support workers are available 24/7 via the Mental Health Matters Helpline on 080 0616 171 and 030 0330 5487 for mobiles.
The Big White Wall is an anonymous, online support website guided by trained professionals, where people help each other and share what’s troubling them. Available 24/7, Big White Wall has helped improve the mental health of 95% of users of the website and 80% of people are able to better manage how they are feeling without access to any other support.