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Take part in the nation’s biggest mental health conversation this Time to Talk Day

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2023

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation and help is available through the Stronger Together Through Winter initiative.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is reminding residents that help and support is available with over 60 Welcoming Spaces across the city and helplines and advice available for anyone who is struggling.

 A Welcoming Space is a place of connection in the community, which can be established or newly created, such as a community centre, library, or place of faith, where people can meet up, socialise, and potentially access support relating to the cost of living.

The city council has also established a dedicated mental health helpline with Brighter Futures to provide callers with a safe space to talk about issues they are facing.

Cllr Ally Simcock, cabinet member for adult social care and health care said: “It’s not always easy to talk about mental health but it can change, and even save, lives. There are lots of ways to talk part in Time to Talk Day, from organising an event in your community to simply checking in on a friend or colleague.

“If you, or someone you know, are struggling with mental health and wellbeing you are not alone this winter. Our Stronger Together Through Winter campaign has brought together so many of our wonderful community and voluntary groups in the city to support people through what is an incredibly tough time for all of us.

“Looking after our mental health is as important as looking after our physical health. Whether you’re feeling low and anxious or struggling to cope, please do call the helpline or take a look at the support and resources available on the Stronger Together Through Winter website.”

Brighter Futures Helpline Operational Manager, Eunice Burke said: “We are extremely proud of the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline that operates 365 days a year. In 2021, the helpline provided support for 43,676 contacts which included 14,796 calls as well as thousands of emails, texts and instant messages.

“This is a free, confidential service that provides a safe place to talk and allows callers to explore their emotions and feelings. There is no worry too small as our experienced, fully-trained advisors are on hand to listen to any queries and offer signposting advice to other services.”

Residents can find details of the Stronger Together Through Winter programme at www.stoke.gov.uk/strongertogether or call 01782 208200 Monday-Friday 2pm-7pm.

The mental health helpline can be accessed free 2pm – 2am, every day of year on 0808 800 2234. Residents can also text free on 07860 022821, email staffordshire.helpline@brighter-futures.org.uk or access the Instant Messaging Service by visiting www.brighter-futures.org.uk/