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Time to Change: Time to Talk Day 2016

Written by Kelly Murphy on 05th February 2016

On Thursday 4th February, Phoenix Support held a Time to Talk Day in aid of Time to Change, to help raise awareness for mental health!

Time to Talk Day took place nationwide on Thursday 4th February. The aim was to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. By joining together on one day, everyone has the opportunity to break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once – taboo issue does not need to be difficult.

At Phoenix Support, we held an event and encouraged both Service Users and staff to attend, and discuss their experiences with mental health. Throughout the day, we provided everyone with the Time to Change teabags, that had been sent to us amongst other promotional materials, biscuits and homemade cakes, which were baked by one of our Service Users. By having these informal things in place, this made the atmosphere very relaxed and allowed those who attended to feel able to open up and share their thoughts.

Service Users were advised, by using promotional prompts provided, ideas of what to discuss, and enjoyed socialising with their peers and members of staff that do not necessarily support them.

Kelly Murphy, Administrator, said: ‘The turn out on the day was really great! It was truly wonderful to see everyone opening up to each other, and discussing their experiences with mental health. As well as enjoying cake and biscuits, and a free cup of tea, everyone enjoyed each other’s company, and it was a really humbling thing to see. We would definitely take part next year!’

Craig Crockford, Project Manager, said: ‘Thank you to those that organised the day, it was a really good effort. Everyone said how they did an amazing job, and the photos look great!’

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