Time to talk 2018

Groups and organisations are invited to exhibit at a mental health myth-busting event in Bromsgrove which is opening its doors to the public for the first time.

Already the blue light services are taking space at the Time To Talk 2018 event, along with key agencies from Age UK, Alzheimer’s Org and Healthy Minds, Worcester.

A nationwide campaign, it’s part of the Time to Change social movement run by charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness, and similar events are taking place across the country on February 1, which it Time To Talk Day 2018.

Bromsgrove District Council’s Unison Branch Secretary, Laney Walsh, has run the event at the Town Hall, for staff, for the last five years and now is opening it up to the public on January 30. She said: “Unfortunately there is still a stigma around mental health so people don’t want to talk about it. But, as with everything, the more we talk about it, the easier life becomes.

“The event is not a crisis drop-in centre, it is a safe space where people can find out what available support there is and to hear from the experts how a few changes in their life can make a big difference. “We have 15 agencies already signed up to take part – but we have room for more!”

The events at the Town Hall, which have seen support from local businesses, charities and organisations, have been hailed a success and last year Unison sent a camera crew down to capture it.

Portfolio-holder for Health and Well-being Cllr Margaret Sherrey, said: “We don’t talk enough about mental health and this is why people who have problems or know someone who does, don’t know what support is out there for them. “This is a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to do so and I am delighted this brilliant event is open to the public.

The event runs from 10am til 2pm at Parkside on January 30.  If you are interested in having a stand –please contact Laney on 01527 534125 or laney.walsh@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk