20 January 2017 9.02 AM

Trust supports Time to Talk Day 2017

2gether NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire to speak openly about mental health issues.

The trust is supporting national Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2 February, which aims to encourage people all over the country to take five minutes to have a conversation about mental health.

The conversations can take place anywhere and with anyone, such as with friends, family, work colleagues, fellow students, and in workplaces, schools, colleges, in the community and even online.

Time To Talk Day is organised by national anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. 2gether is holding a number of events in the two counties to provide support, information and encouragement for those who want to start a conversation.

Lauren Wardman, Deputy Director for Engagement  for 2gether, explained why the trust is supporting this important event. She said: “One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health condition each year, so we need to speak as openly about mental health as we do about every other aspect of our physical health and wellbeing.

“Time to Talk Day is a simple concept, but can be very effective in breaking down the stigma that exists around mental health. The simple act of thinking about our mental health and having these important conversations can make a big difference.

“We would encourage everyone to use the day to take five minutes to discuss mental health and wellbeing with anyone they wish.”

Events will be taking place across the UK on, and around, 2 February. The trust is supporting several events in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. They are:

  • Cheltenham Get 2gether – an event focusing on young people’s mental health, taking place at Gloucestershire College’s Princess Elizabeth Way campus, from 5.30-7.30pm on Thursday 2 February. Places are limited and anyone wishing to attend will need to register by contacting
  • The Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) bus will be in Cheltenham from 9.30am-4pm, Thursday 2 February, supporting the Heads Up Cheltenham campaign. The bus will be outside Marks & Spencers.
  • Mental health awareness sessions – these will form part of student tutorials at Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Folly Lane, Hereford. Karen Bent, Social Inclusion Development Worker Herefordshire locality, from 2gether, will be delivering the sessions and, alongside a learning service officer from the college, will be talking and interacting with students around the canteen and library at lunchtime.
  • We’re supporting a tea and talk event for staff at Shire Hall in Gloucester on 2 February.
  • Independence Trust will be at The Market House, Dursley, from 11am-1pm. They will have a market stall and will be offering the opportunity to find out more about mental health support in the area, alongside handmade crafts from Trust clients.

 Dr Tristan Lench, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Mental health tends to be something that people are reluctant to talk about, but the reality is that mental health issues can affect anyone.

“We want to help people in Gloucestershire to stay well, both physically and mentally, and to encourage them to think about their own mental health, as well as that of their friends.”

The CCG has also recently launched a new website, On Your Mind, for young people, to help them with life’s ups and downs. It includes lots of information and local sources of support about issues such as anxiety, eating issues, anger and bullying - check out the website at  

To find out more about Time to Talk Day and get involved, visit

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