Every year, 1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer from a mental health problem. This means someone you know – a loved one, a family member or a colleague – could be struggling from poor mental health right now.

Despite these figures demonstrating just how prevalent poor mental health is, there is still a stigma surrounding the issue.

The ‘Time to Talk’ day, by the mental health charity ‘Time to Change’, aims to encourage people to speak openly about mental health, in a bid to normalise it and end the taboo.

Part of Time to Change's 'Time to Talk' campaigns posters.
Part of Time to Change’s ‘Time to Talk’ campaigns posters.

Roxie Hickley, a member of Nottingham’s ‘Time to Change’, explains why there is a stigma.


  • 9 out of 10 of those who suffer from a mental health problem have experienced some form of discrimination from friends, family or employers.
  • Two thirds of those who have experienced discrimination have stopped carrying out their day to day routine, such as going to work and meeting up with friends.
  • Nearly 3 in 4 young people fear the reaction of friends when explaining their mental health issues.