Letter to the Editor: As we enter the New Year, it’s never been more important to talk about our mental health.

 We are in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis which is only likely to worsen. 

This, on top of the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic, means it’s essential that we now look out for each other and our mental health.

 We know that talking about our mental health can help us feel less alone, more able to cope and encouraged to seek support if we need to. 

That’s why we are holding Time to Talk Day on Thursday February 2. 

This is the nation’s biggest conversation about mental health. 

Last year, nearly two million conversations were generated.

We are asking you and your readers to make space in the day for a conversation about mental health. 

Whether that’s texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or neighbour, or raising awareness in your community.

This is a chance for all of us to talk, to listen, and to change lives. Thank you.

Sophie Corlett, Interim CEO of Mind

Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community & Member Participation at Co-op