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A new city-wide mental health campaign will begin across Liverpool this Thursday 6 February. The campaign, ‘Time to Talk Liverpool’, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve people’s well-being across Merseyside.

Information stands, live performances and readings will take place in spaces across the city during the day. Liverpool’s Time to Change Network, which comprises of health and counselling organisations within the city, will be hosting the events.

‘Time to Talk Liverpool’ encourages the open discussion of mental health, and for people of Liverpool to feel more comfortable to have conversations about mental well-being with family, friends and work colleagues.

The launch on Thursday is part of ‘Time to Talk Day’ which will take place across the country, organised by UK Mental health charities such as Time to Change, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind. The national ‘Time to Change’ campaign target is to “spark one million conversations” about mental health issues.

The Bluecoat on School lane will host events between 12 – 4pm with performances on the hour, Paradise Street and Church Street 11 – 4pm with performances at 12.30 and 1.30pm, and Liverpool Central Library will be open between 11 – 4pm with a performance at 3.30pm.

CHATS will also host a mental health and well-being event at Frontline Church on Lawrence Road in Wavertree between 10– 3pm, offering holistic therapies, de- stress tips, book readings, refreshments and health and well being stalls.

Research conducted by the NUS last year found that 20% of students consider themselves to have a mental health problem, and 13% said that they had suicidal thoughts. Statistics show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Bernie Cuthel, Chief Executive of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said:

“This new campaign is all about helping people to understand mental health better.

“We really want to remind everyone that looking after the health of your mind, is just as important as looking after the health of your body, and we want to equip people with the knowledge and skills to do exactly that.”

For more information on local services and advice on mental health, visit the Wellbeing Liverpool website.