By Tom Battarbee, Associate Solicitor, Manager of Mental Health Law – Liverpool Office
Time to Talk Day is taking place on Thursday 4 February 2016. The aim of the day is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health.
Swain and Co Solicitors, who offer the full range of mental health law services, are pleased to be supporting this day which seeks to confront the fact that often as individuals and as a society we struggle to talk about mental health issues.
The reasons for silence can be varied. For individuals it may be the fear of adverse reactions, the fear of being stigmatised for having a mental health concern or receiving a ‘label’ of someone with mental health problems. As a society, it is often ignorance that prevents informed discussion on mental health matters.
This silence can have profound consequences. People may feel terribly isolated, believing that they are very much alone facing these difficulties and that no one will understand. Sadly it can also result in people not receiving the support they need in a timely manner. As a society it results in an impoverished understanding and debate, for instance as to what parity of esteem between mental and physical health should actually look like.
We therefore hope that as many people as possible will use Time to Talk Day on 4 February 2016 to start a conversation with friends, family and colleagues about this important subject matter.