World Mental Health Day - #AskTwice

World Mental Health Day 2018

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, we’re supporting the Time to Change, #AskTwice campaign, which launches today (Wednesday 10 October).

Too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem. Yet 1 in 4 of us will experience some type of mental health problem this year.

Time to Change is a national campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink that has been working for 10 years to fight this stigma and discrimination.


This World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10th October, we’re getting behind their ‘Ask Twice’ Campaign.  The campaign urges us to ‘Ask Twice’ if a friend, family member or colleague says they are ‘fine’ but we suspect they may be experiencing a mental health problem. 

Our Director of Workforce and Quality Improvement, Meera Nair, said: “When asked ‘How are you?’ over three quarters of us tell people we’re ‘fine’, even when we are struggling with our mental health. This is something we need to help change, so that people feel able to open up.

Very soon, we’ll be advertising our Mental Health First Aider training for staff, to give colleagues the training and tools needed to be able to recognise and support colleagues who may be struggling with their mental health.” 

If you’re worried about how someone is, ‘ask twice’ and give them the opportunity to open up if they want to talk about their mental health. It’s a simple way to show that we care and we’re here to listen, whether that’s now or when they are ready.
 
Please encourage friends, families and colleagues to open up to mental health by watching and sharing this short film.  

To find out more about ‘Ask Twice’ visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/asktwice

Published on 10th October 2018