Nottingham City Council is encouraging organisations and businesses to take Time to Talk next month.
Time to Talk Day is held at the beginning of February every year and is a day for people to come together to have open conversations about mental health with friends, family, communities, and in workplaces.
It’s not always easy to talk about feelings, especially at work, but starting an open and honest conversation about mental health, can be the first step towards breaking down barriers, addressing myths and helping people to seek help.
This year on Time to Talk day (Thursday 1 February), and in partnership with Maximus, Nottingham City Council is hosting a free webinar at 11am for people who want to learn more about the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service.
This free service is available for anyone in employment, with a mental health concern which is impacting on their work. The webinar is open to employers and employees from small-medium sized businesses who are based in Nottingham.
At the event, Nottingham City Council will also be sharing details of a new network of Workplace Mental Wellbeing Champions which will be launching in the spring.
The Champions are volunteers who will help to raise awareness of mental health in workplaces and become an ambassador for their own organisation, by promoting a culture of positive mental health and co-creating action plans to proactively tackle stigma. Free support and training for champions will be provided.
People can register for the webinar and find out more here: https://employability.maximusuk.co.uk/introduction-to-atwmhss-feb-2024
Cllr Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Social Care and Health at Nottingham City Council, said: “One-in-four adults will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime and work can play a significant part of many people’s lives.
“Whether its work-related or not, it’s really important that mental health is recognised and addressed at work to help reduce stigma and discrimination. Time to Talk Day is the perfect time to start a conversation to help support ourselves and others.”
For information about mental health support at any time of year visit asklion.co.uk/mentalhealth
For more information about Time to Talk Day and how people can get involved visit: timetotalkday.co.uk