An event to encourage people to talk openly about mental health will be held in Leicester next week as part of a national campaign.
Marking national Time to Talk Day on Thursday 1 Feb, the event aims to help change attitudes towards mental health by getting people talking more openly about issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.
It will take place at St Martin’s House, Cathedral Gardens, and feature a range of talks, activities and workshops from organisations including Leicester City Council, Samaritans, LAMP, and Healthwatch Leicester, among others.
Advice on local support services and ways that we can all improve our mental health will also be available, and tea and cake will be served throughout the day.
People can drop-in anytime throughout the event, which runs from 10am until 4pm.
Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health, said: “Time to Talk Day is about bringing people together to talk more openly about mental health.
“Around one in four people will suffer with a mental health problem in any given year and yet people are still reluctant to talk about it.
“We need to challenge that stigma and change attitudes by all joining in the conversation about mental health.
“Events like this also provide an opportunity for people to find out about the wide range of mental health services and support available.”
Time to Talk Day is part of the Time to Change campaign, the biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination across England.
To find out more about the Time to Change Leicester campaign and about mental health services in the city, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/mentalhealth