Time to Talk Day is an annual event, run by Time to Change, which recognises that talking about mental health helps fight the shame and isolation felt by those with mental health problems.
BACP decided to take to twitter to ask members for tips on getting others to open up, and these are being shared as part of the day’s activities.
Many members will be out and about on the day, including Birmingham-based Martin Hogg, who is at British Athletics with BACP Public Engagement Liaison Jinny Hughes running a session on stress - Practical ways for survival in the modern age.
BACP staff are also getting involved with a Lunch and Learn session, and taking time to have a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to eat with their teams or colleagues – an idea inspired by the Swedish Fika.
Devi Cattell, BACP’s Human Resources Business Partner, explains why staff are being encouraged to Fika: “A break from your screen is beneficial, but so many of us are guilty of grabbing a hot drink and heading straight back to our desks.
"Fika means that you make time to stop and socialise, to take a pause. It refreshes the brain and strengthens relationships, which are beneficial for everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.
"There's evidence that if an employee has good communication with their manager and colleagues, they will feel supported and valued. Help to look after your colleague’s mental health by showing that you care about them and that you have time for them.”
Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. So, wherever you are – have your conversation about mental health on Time to Talk Day.