February 7th is #TimetoTalk, a day dedicated to getting as many people across the country talking about mental health as possible.
#TimetoTalk is part of the Time to Change campaign which aims to break the silence surrounding mental health, increase awareness and shine a light on what many still see as a taboo subject.
Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
Mental health problems are increasingly common, with one in four of us affected each year. Nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves for someone affected by mental health.
GroceryAid is joining Time to Change to encourage those affected to seek support and speak about their mental health.
How GroceryAid can help
If you are struggling with your mental health and would like to speak to somebody please call the 24/7 Freephone Helpline on 08088 021 122. Alternatively you can use the Live Chat facility on our website to talk through your particular situation. We’ll assess your individual needs and suggest the most appropriate support for you, be it talking to a professionally trained counsellor or one of our other services.
Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. They can help people become aware of their thoughts, feelings and body sensations so instead of being overwhelmed by them they are able to manage them instead. Practising mindfulness provides insight to emotions, reduces anxiety and boosts attention and concentration. A practical guide is available along with access to online video clips.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
GroceryAid has an online CBT programme aimed at providing insight, advice and actions for those struggling with their mental health.
The service offers an anonymous, safe and secure space for users to learn and develop, empowering people to manage their own mental and behavioural health. Working with SilverCloud this service will offer a personal, flexible and accessible online space. The content aims to be motivational, easy to use and interactive; helping you manage the way they think. There is also a library of interactive and engaging programmes.
Eligibility criteria and requirements:
- available to grocery colleagues, their spouses, partners or dependents who demonstrate a commitment to the programme
- have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone
To find out more and see if any of this support could help you please call the confidential GroceryAid Helpline on 08088 021 122 or Live Chat with one of our advisers. We are open 24/7 all year around.
For more information about the campaign and to join the conversation about mental health visit Time to Change.