You can talk about mental health at work

Time to Talk Day biscuit and tea

How are you?

Many of us will answer ‘fine’, even when we’re not. Too often, mental illness is treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work.

However, difficulty with mental health can affect us all and we should feel able to talk about it. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health - you don’t have to be an expert to talk.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about our mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone.

As part of an ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day, by Time to Change (England's biggest mental health campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness). Taking place on Thursday 7 February, this is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.

Therefore on this day at EEAST, we will be encouraging you to ‘Walk and Talk’ – take 15 minutes to go for a walk with a colleague and talk about how you are feeling. The Wellbeing Team will also be offering drop in sessions (details below) for anyone who wants to talk:

Wednesday 6th February

  • Bedford EOC - wellbeing room 10am-2pm

Thursday 7th February

  • Norwich EOC – meeting room 6.30am – 3pm
  • Melbourn – Wellbeing office 11am-2pm
  • Southend ambulance station – 11am – 3pm

We want everyone who works here to feel they can be open about their mental health. If you need support or have any questions you can contact the Wellbeing Hub on 03456 089945 or email us wellbeing.info@nhs.net.  Your contact will always be confidential unless there is any potential risk involved. 

Published 26th January 2019

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