Time To Talk Day 2020

Time To Talk Day


On Thursday, 6th February, social movement campaign, Time to Change (led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) is encouraging the UK to talk about mental health and change lives. 

On Time to Talk Day, it is hoped that individuals and organisations nationwide will speak out to break the silence that surrounds mental health illness. 

Time to Change says,

“Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.”  

On Time to Talk Day, Southdown will be encouraging its services across Sussex to have conversations with their colleagues and clients about mental health. We will be sharing a series of short films of local people reflecting on significant conversations they have had about their mental health and how to have a conversation. The films are designed to encourage more people to open up about how they feel, whether that is to a friend, family member, work colleague or to a mental health professional. You can watch the series of films here.

Our mental health services in East Sussex will be attending an event hosted by People in Partnership at Hastings’ Sussex Coast College for over 40 local companies to come together to pledge what they can do to improve mental health and wellbeing support for young people. 

In Brighton and Hove, we will be supporting Mind in Brighton and Hove which is encouraging community coffee shops across the city to display Time to Talk Day posters and offer free mental health information. 

Martin Dominy, Head of Mental Health Recovery Services at Southdown, says,

“Through our experience as a provider of recovery services for over 5,700 people each year across Sussex, we see the huge difference talking about mental health can have. Not only for people with mental health challenges as they realise they are not alone and can access support tailored to their needs, but also for their friends, families and colleagues as they can learn how to best support people affected.”   

As part of the campaign, we spoke to Lee, a Central Access Point (CAP) Navigator at Southdown for Community Roots - a network of non-clinical mental health services in Brighton and Hove with a freephone number people can call to talk to somebody to find out what support is available.

Lee says,

“When talking to people over the phone, I listen to what they’re experiencing. I really enjoy listening to people, helping them feel heard, and showing them that they can be supported and feel like recovery is possible. Mental health comes with a lot of stigma, that’s something that isn’t present within our service. There isn’t any judgement or pressure.”

To read Lee’s full story, click here.

There is a wide range of support available across Sussex from a variety of providers, including Southdown. The East Sussex Mental Health Directory of Community Support, West Sussex Pathfinder, and Brighton & Hove's Community Roots network are useful websites that signpost to mental health support available.