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Time to Talk to reduce stigma

Posted on the 4th February 2016

Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will be out and about on 4 February as part of the Time to Talk national campaign.

Members of the Community Restart Team at the Trust will be at venues in Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley throughout the day, encouraging people to have conversations about mental health to help reduce stigma. Time to Talk day is a national campaign by charity Time for Change, which works to end the stereotypes and misconceptions that surround mental health.

Jal Iqbal, Community Development Worker at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"National campaigns such as Time to Talk are extremely important in creating awareness of mental health and helping us to reduce stigma. Around 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental health issue in their lifetime and it is vital that people are aware of the help and support available. We know from speaking with service users that one of the most daunting things is knowing who to talk to about how they"re feeling as many are concerned how they will be treated. This shouldn"t be the case and we are looking forward to seeing people on the 4th February and will be able to answer any questions they may have about help for themselves or someone they know. Let"s get people talking and end stigma for good!"

The Community Restart Team will be in the following places:

  • Darwen Resource Centre - 10am to 12pm
  • Your Support Your Choice, Blackburn Town Centre - 1pm to 3pm
  • St Peter"s Centre, Burnley - 10am to 3pm
  • Accrington Market Hall - 9am to 11am

For more information about the team, please visit

Further information about Time to Talk can be found on their website