20% of Derbyshire adults have reported having high levels of anxiety

Residents in Derbyshire are being encouraged not to avoid speaking about their mental health.

Time to Talk Day, on 7 February, is part of the national Time to Change scheme which aims to alter the way we think about mental health.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “Time to Talk reminds us that it’s ok to talk about how we’re feeling and that there is no right or wrong place to discuss mental health issues.

“Getting people to talk about mental health is a big part of challenging the taboos around the subject and helping to change attitudes.

"Around one in four adults will experience some form of mental ill health every year so it's now more important than ever to open the lines of communication.”

Depression and anxiety are the two most common mental health issues in the UK and 20% of adults in Derbyshire have reported having high levels of anxiety while 10% also report low happiness levels.

During Time to Talk day people are encouraged to take any opportunity to begin the discussion - at work, at school, online, in the community or with friends and family.

Councillor Hart added: "Talking about how you feel helps break down stereotypes, prevent illness and helps to remove the stigma around mental health.

“You don’t have to be an expert to talk about it and it doesn’t have to be a frightening conversation.

"Why not take the first step by talking to someone you trust. Whether that is a friend, work colleague or your GP."

People who feel suicidal or need immediate help with a mental health issue should contact their GP or call the Samaritans free on 116 123.

Young people can also call Child Line on 0800 1111.

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