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Time to talk about mental health

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A QUARTER of people in Dumfries and Galloway are not comfortable speaking about their own mental health.

That was the result of a survey carried out by See Me Scotland. And they are now urging community groups, workplaces, schools, universities, health and social care providers and individuals locally to talk more openly about mental health in a bid to end mental health discrimination and surrounding stigmas.

The charity is also encouraging people in the region to make a start by getting involved in Time to Talk day on February 6. It aims to get everyone in the country talking about mental health, to stop people from feeling isolated when they are struggling.

Wendy Halliday, See Me interim director, said: “Too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Conversations have the power to change lives, wherever they take place. See Me wants to make this years’ Time to Talk to be the biggest and best yet. Wherever you are on the day, have your conversation about mental health.”

To find out more and access resources and information packs, go to www.seemescotland.org.

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