R18001 Take Time To Show Your Support

Groups and organisations are invited to exhibit at a mental health myth-busting event in Redditch which is opening its doors to the public for the first time.

Already the blue light services are taking space at the Time To Talk 2018 event, along with key agencies from Age UK, Alzheimer’s Org and Healthy Minds, Worcester.

A nationwide campaign, it’s part of the Time to Change social movement run by charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness, and similar events are taking place across the country on February 1, which is Time To Talk Day 2018.

Redditch Borough Council’s Unison Branch Secretary, Laney Walsh, has run the event at the Town Hall, for staff, for the last five years and now is opening it up to the public.

She said: “Unfortunately there is still a stigma around mental health so people don’t want to talk about it. But, as with everything, the more we talk about it, the easier life becomes.

“The event is not a crisis drop-in centre, it is a safe space where people can find out what available support there is and to hear from the experts how a few changes in their life can make a big difference.

“We have 15 agencies already signed up to take part – but we have room for more!”

The events at the Town Hall, which have seen support from local businesses, charities and organisations, have been hailed a success and last year Unison sent a camera crew down to capture it.

Executive Member for Community Safety, Cllr Joe Baker, said: “I have had the pleasure of attending these events in the past and I am always amazed at the amount of support which is out there for people who have mental health issues and their friends and family.

“We don’t talk enough about mental health and this is a great opportunity to do so and for local groups and organisation to share, for the first time, with residents, how they can help.

The event runs from 10am til 2pm at Redditch Town Hall.  If you are interested in having a stand please contact Laney on 01527 534125 or laney.walsh@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.