Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. It’s about encouraging people to have conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health and by talking about it, we can support ourselves and others.

Launchpad is supporting today’s campaign as it gives charities such as ourselves, the opportunity to raise awareness of the work we do to support veterans by working with and supporting them on their mental health issues.

Many of the residents living at all three Launchpad houses in Newcastle, Durham and Liverpool have mental health issues, ranging from anxiety to service and non-service-related PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Some need help with addictions to gambling, alcohol and drugs.

Our specialist case workers help residents with their mental health and provide one-to-one support.

We encourage residents to talk about problems they are experiencing and to take part in activities that support their mental health and wellbeing.

Our project managers in each house encourage residents to participate in activities to improve their mental health and wellbeing such as mindfulness, arts projects and outdoor sports.

Time to Talk Day was launched in 2014 by Time to Change, a campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination, which was run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, in partnership with the Co-op.

Make space in your day today to have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.