DOCTORS are calling for 'time to talk' about mental health.

Today, February 1, marks the national Time to Talk day from mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

It is a chance for everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives.

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, chairman of NHS Vale Royal clinical commissioning group (CCG), and Dr Andrew Wilson, chairman of NHS South Cheshire CCG, will be taking time out to talk to staff about mental health.

"This may appear to be a small step, but it’s these small steps which can make a big difference to someone who is having a tough time," said Dr Griffiths.

"Use Time to Talk Day in your workplace, or at home, as an opportunity to open up about mental health."

Dr Wilson added: "Just listening to someone who is having problems with their mental health and not judging them, can be the best thing you can do to help."

For more information, including helpful packs to start the conversation, visit

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