Talking Mental Health – A Piece of Cake?

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Date(s) - 02/02/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

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Talking Mental Health |  a piece of cake

Being open and talking about our own mental health is by no means easy – it’s not ‘a piece of cake’.

On 2nd Feb I’ve been invited down to Staffordshire Fire & Rescue to talk about my own experience of mental wellbeing over a cuppa and cake, with their staff.  I’ll be ‘talking’ about how work-related health affected me, and how I found ways to improve my own mental health at times of stress.

The aim is simply to open up the conversation, and hopefully talking about my own experience, will get others talking too.  So if you’re based at Fire HQ, why not join us?


Of course that’s exactly what ‘Time to Change’ and their ‘Time To Talk Day’ campaign is all about.

Gradually the stigma surrounding mental health is breaking down, as more and more people openly talk about mental health in our workplaces, within our homes, our schools and within our communities.  Even the Royals are backing this cause, and opening up about their own experiences of mental health at stressful times in their lives.



Whether you’re a Prince or just a Joe Public, we all have mental health – just like we all have physical health.  We all have differing levels of physical health and fitness – so why shouldn’t mental health be any different?

We can’t always be on top form with our physical health, illness can occur – and mental illness itself does not discriminate.  It happened to me and it could happen to you, and 1 in 4 of us all will experience some kind of mental wellbeing issue in any one year.

No doubt someone close to you today, either at home, or work is experiencing some difficulty with their mental wellbeing – why not ask them, and talk about how you feel.

Of course the reality is 1 in 1 experience some kind of mental health at any one time, mental health continues to affect us all – so let’s talk about it!

Let’s all do our bit to end mental health stigma and discrimination – it’s time to talk.

Is it time to change your workplace?


Please note that this event is for employees of Staffordshire Fire & Rescue only.