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Time to Talk Day 2020

For Time to Talk Day on 6 February, we’re choosing to talk about mental health.

Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work.

However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it.

The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.  Knowing where to start talking about mental health can seem daunting, but Time to Change has some great tips.

In May 2018, SCOAF signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, a commitment to all of our staff to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of our organisation.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, SCOAF is part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health.

As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day by having a range of activities for staff in our office today and next week. If you would like to do something in your place of work and need any resources or ideas, then head over to www.time-to-change.org.uk

If you are experiencing mental health problems or need support, there are places you can go for help including:


Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org


Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Web site: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines