1 February 2018
The First Minister is backing Time to Talk Day – a campaign by See Me, Scotland’s national programme to tackle the stigma of mental health.
In the build-up, See Me champions Suzanne Baines and Karen Lally travelled around Scotland starting conversations about mental health – from Ben Nevis to Loch Ness, St Andrews Old Course, Stirling Castle and the Falkirk wheel.
Their trip finished with a visit to the Scottish Parliament to meet the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
It's #TimeToTalk Day! Wherever you are, you can talk about #mentalhealth.
Here's First Minister @NicolaSturgeon talking to volunteers @KJKiva & @SuzieYMA about the importance of speaking out. Have your conversation today. https://t.co/btjfVr0c3v pic.twitter.com/f6I0crlcco
— See Me (@seemescotland) February 1, 2018
Nicola Sturgeon said:
We want to create a Scotland where all mental health stigma and discrimination is challenged. No one should be made to feel ashamed or isolated because of their mental health.
“The work of See Me – and their Time to Talk campaign in particular – are hugely important, as they encourage people to have a conversation and open up about mental health issues.
“So if you are worried about someone, show you care by taking the first step. Start that conversation and ask them if they are okay.”
Find out more about Time to Talk Day.