The ‘It’s time to talk. It’s Time to Change' roadshow is hitting the streets of Norwich on 9 July 2011, and is inviting local residents to come along to help get the country talking about mental health.
The roadshow, supported by Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust(NWMHFT), invites members of the public to sit down, have a cup of tea, and chat about mental health.
Shoppers will see a colourful ‘pop-up’ lounge appear outside Chapelfield Shopping Centre,where volunteers will be waiting to talk about their experiences with mental health.
This summer, Time to Change, England’s biggest anti-stigma programme, led by charities Mind and Rethink, is touring the streets and festivals of England with a series of fun, colourful roadshows that address the fear and awkwardness people feel in talking about mental health problems.
The aim of the event is to break down the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging people to get talking about their experiences. The event invites people with and without mental health problems to break down barriers by taking part in fun, community activities together.
The roadshow is one of hundreds of events taking place all over the country between June and October, with over 140,000 people expected to have a conversation about mental health.
Maggie Wheeler, Chair of NWMHFT, said: “We have been working with Time to Change for the last couple of years and it is really great to see attitudes to mental illness gradually changing. We understand how hard it can be for people to talk about mental health, but the more we do it the easier it gets.“
The roadshow will run from 10am to 6pm at the Chapelfield Shopping Centre, Norwich, NR13SH.
Time to Change was launched in January 2009 with a national advertising campaign fronted by Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Alastair Campbell. This year, the campaign is supported by Frank Bruno and his daughter Rachel and includes the release of new TV, radio and online advertising.
For more information and updates visit www.facebook.com/timetochange, www.twitter.com/timetochange or www.time-to-change.org.uk
Contact for Time to Change: Jenny Tudor, Time to Change Press Office on mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 2152 358/ 07789 721 966.
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