I was happy to see all the great Time to Talk events taking place around Sheffield last week. Below is the statement I sent to the event at the Winter Gardens on Saturday, February 4th.
I’d like to thank the organisers for putting together this fantastic event today. We’re lucky to have people in this city dedicated to advancing the cause of mental health and wellbeing.
The Young People’s Mental Health Champions give us a unique opportunity to hold discussions out in the open, and help defeat the stigma that too often surrounds mental health.
The new Champions will also help develop new ways to take action, and through their own experiences come up with creative and effective ways to engage young people across Sheffield.
One in four people will suffer a mental health problem at some point in their lives – it’s for all of us to make sure they have the support and encouragement they need to speak out and help others do the same.
The crisis in mental health will take a long time and a lot of work to solve – but with people turning out to events like this and supporting causes like Time to Talk, it’s a fight that can be won.