TASC is supporting Time to Talk Day (Thursday 6 February) and encouraging as many people as possible to choose to talk about mental health. Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health.
Karl Demian, TASC’s Chief Executive Officer said:
“Mental health is a serious issue in the ambulance industry. One study found that 91% of ambulance staff experience stress and poor mental health at work1, and in our experience over 60% of the interventions we provided to the ambulance community in 2018/19 were for mental health. From providing people access to qualified counsellors and online self-help modules to creating specifically trained peer support volunteers in ambulance services, TASC has a range of support options available for the ambulance community.
At TASC, we know that simply talking about mental health can make a big difference. So for Time to Talk Day our counsellor will be sharing lots of tips and information to help people start a discussion about mental health so don’t forget to follow us on social media to join in the conversation.”
Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said:
“Conversations have the power to change lives – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem. Time to Talk Day is the one day of the year when we want the whole nation to have a mental health conversation.”
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice.
To find out more information visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday
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- Study is available here: https://www.mind.org.uk/media/2199596/managing-mental-wellbeing-ambulance.pdf