It’s time to talk about mental health

Clinical leaders in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are backing a campaign to get more people talking about mental health.

Time to Talk Day on 2 February is part of the national Time to Change campaign which aims to end the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems.

Conversations about mental health change lives; and Time to Talk Day is all about giving everyone the chance to talk and listen about mental health. 

Time to talk day is coming

The local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts have recently launched a blueprint for improving the mental wellbeing of people in the Bradford district and Craven.

They have worked in partnership with voluntary and community services, mental health service users and carers to develop the five-year strategy which focuses on what can be done to retain and promote good mental health, prevent mental health problems and improve the health and wellbeing of people living with and recovering from mental illnesses.

Putting mental health on a par with physical health is an NHS priority and a big part of that is changing the way people view mental health and talk about it.

Dr Angela Moulson, clinical lead for adult mental health at the Bradford CCGs, said: “Time to Talk Day is a great idea. Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult; it can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.

“Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life. In the Bradford district and Craven our aim is to create a community that will help people stay well across their lifetime, achieving and sustaining good mental health and wellbeing for all.”

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has also launched a new, free service - MyWellbeing College - to help people manage everyday problems such as feeling low; having problems sleeping; feeling anxious and experiencing stress.

Join in Time to Talk on Thursday 2 February and get the nation talking round the clock.

For more information, visit the Time to Talk website

The district’s new mental wellbeing strategy can be found here - Mental wellbeing in Bradford District and Craven: a strategy 2016-2021