People are being encouraged to text a friend, perform an act of kindness or even just share a cuppa as part of Time to Talk Day, today (Thursday 1st February).

Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, a charity-run social movement which aims to end discrimination over mental health.

Too many people with mental health problems feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day offers a chance to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, and to change lives.

Julie Westrupp, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at Derbyshire Healthcare Trust, said:

“Many people in the public eye have talked about their own experiences – Stormzy has talked about depression, David Beckham about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Prince Harry has talked about his experiences after bereavement.

“They experienced issues they couldn’t work through without talking about it. You don’t have to solve people’s problems, just giving them some time and a friendly ear is hugely helpful.”

Time to Talk Day, on the first Thursday in February, started in 2014. The 2017 event was the biggest ever and was launched by Prince Harry at a visit to London Ambulance Service. For more information on Time to Talk Day 2018, go to the Time to Change website.