Time to Talk about Mental Health – Thursday is Time to Talk day – Find out about mental health myth here!

Time to Change, a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health. On Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 they are promoting Time to Talk. A day to help people open up about mental health!

Time to Talk have produce a list of mental myths which we reproduce below. But do you have any you would like to add? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!

Time to Talk about Mental Health
Time to Talk about Mental Health

There are lots of myths about mental health. Knowing a few facts can help us to challenge any negative thoughts and actions. 

Here are some to think about:

  • Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
  • Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
  • Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
  • Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
  • Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
  • Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
  • Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
  • Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
  • Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination
  • Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
  • Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
  • Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

You can find the original on the Time to Talk website here.

Let’s talk about depression……………


When I was young depression was a health issue which was hidden under the carpet.

Indeed at PatientTalk.Org we are strong supporters of the “Time to Change” campaign. You can read up about it here.

So please feel free to share this great infographic which will people open up about depression and get help.

Talk About Depression


Time to Talk Day 2015 – Some myths and facts about mental health. #timetochange


Time to Talk Day
Time to Talk Day
Today is an important day for health awareness both in the Uk and across the globe! One of my grandmothers suffered from depression due to her Rheumatoid arthritis. While is caused her and her family great pain it was also treated as a “terrible family secret”. At PatientTalk.Org we feel this has to change.

Time to Talk Day hopes to end discrimination against people with mental health issues by beginning a global conversation on the subject.

Last we produced an online poster which was share far and wide. You can check it out here. It is still relevant so why not put it on you facebook page or send to people on Twitter. Please do use the hashtag #timetochange.

This year we thought we would share some brilliant work done by Time To Change who run the day looking at myths and facts about mental illness.

Myth: Mental health problems are not at all common.
Fact: In fact 25% of us will suffer from a mental health problem in any given year.

Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: Many do – you almost certainly know a person who works with a mental health condition. One of the most successful business people I know has bipolar.

Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of growing up.
Fact: 10% young people will experience a mental health problem.


Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: In fact People with mental health illnesses are themselves much more likely to be the victims of violence.

Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination.
Fact: 90% do!!!

Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their issues and mental health concerns.
Fact: Nearly three in four young people worry about negative reactions when they talk about their mental health issues.

Please feel free to check out the Time to Change site here.

Time to Talk Day 2014 – Let’s End Mental Health Discrimination – Please like and share to raise awareness.


As you may know today is Time to Talk Day 2014 run by Time to Change.

The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the need to end discrimination  against people with mental health conditions.

This year is the first time the day has been run and the organisers hope ” to start conversations about mental health, raise awareness and share the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, neither is talking about it”.

To find out more about today’s events please go to http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday.

To show our support for the day we have produced an image.  It would be great if you could like and share to show that you support the day and want and end to discrimination against people with mental illness.

Many thanks in advance.

End mental health discrimination
End mental health discrimination