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Evening Standard
Sian Baldwin

Time to Talk Day 2024: what and when is it and how can I get involved?

January is finally over, hopefully leaving behind some of the shocking weather, and the days will soon start to get a bit longer.

Eventually, this will give us some of that much needed early morning light which is important for mental health.

Today, as we start February, organisers of a UK mental health initiative are urging Brits to look after themselves and their loved ones amid the winter gloom.

So what is Time to Talk Day, when is it, and how can you get involved?

What is Time to Talk Day 2024?

Organisers say Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. The annual day is aimed at friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen, and change lives.

Time to Talk Day 2024 is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is being delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running. It's being delivered by See Me in Scotland, Inspire in Northern Ireland, and Time to Change Wales. 

The Time to Talk Day website says: "The more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s even harder to say how you really feel. But a conversation has the power to change lives. 

"Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about mental health."

When is Time to Talk Day 2024?

Time to Talk Day 2024 will take place on Thursday, February 1.

How can I get involved in Time to Talk Day 2024?

The event website says there are many ways to get involved, from sharing on social media using #TimeToTalk and having conversations with your friends and family, to organising community activities and events.

The website has resources for people of all ages, meaning that even schools can get involved.

There are downloadable packs here.

From community walks to tea and talk events, the website advises on how to organise activities in your community.

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