Council shows commitment to improving workforce mental health support

Time To Talk? Half Of Brits Don't Talk To Friends In Real Life Because Of Social Media

"Social media can be an wonderful, connective place but a "like", or even hundreds of "likes", can't replace conversation", she said.

Councillor Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for Customers and Transformation, said: "Around 15% of those in work in England have symptoms of a mental health problem and people with a mental health condition are three times more likely to have a long term period of sickness". "Social media can be an incredible, connective place but a "like", or even hundreds of "likes", can't replace conversation".

The vouchers will be included in Time to Change's "Chatter Boxes" - physical boxes filled with resources, tips and tricks created to facilitate conversation around mental health, and distributed to thousands of workplaces and community groups around the UK.

Northumbria Police are backing national Time to Talk Day which is about showing support for mental health issues. Previous year I made a decision to be really honest with my followers and talk candidly about struggling with depression on Instagram. So to see so many employers getting involved in the Time to Change campaign is a welcome sign, demonstrating not only that the widespread impact of mental health issues is now recognised, but that employers are proactively working to break down the stigma that has traditionally surrounded it. The support I received and the messages people sent meant the world. The charity's message is a simple one: that whether it's close friends having tea and biscuits, or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, they want people to get talking. People can struggle to talk about mental health, so this year Time to Change is highlighting that there are lots of different ways to have a conversation about the subject.

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Celebrity supporters such as Dame Kelly Holmes, Dr Ranj Singh and Matt Johnson have taken part in kick starting a social media campaign whereby supporters are asked to share their "key ingredient" for a meaningful conversation about mental health.

Staff at Cheshire East Council will join thousands of other groups, schools and members of the public, who will all be having conversations about mental health on Time to Talk Day.

"It is surprising, not to mention a real shame, that such a large number of employees still feel there isn't enough mental health support available in the workplace, especially surprising as the topic has significantly increased in awareness in recent years".

If you are anxious about your mental health, you may benefit from speaking to a professional.

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