See Me draws a crowd at Glasgow shopping centre for Time to Talk Day
Posted by See Me, 2 February 2024
Shoppers took time out of their day to hear more about Time to Talk Day – and were encouraged to say what they really mean when asked how they are.
See Me hosted its annual Time to Talk Day event at the city’s St Enoch Centre, making some noise about mental health stigma with the help of musicians, singers and poets.
Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest conversation on mental health stigma. It’s the day that friends, families, communities, and workplaces come together to talk, listen and change.
To keep on the theme for this year’s Time to Talk Day, “What I really mean”, members of the public were asked to write down words that have a double meaning in Scotland – such as, ‘piece’ for ‘sandwich’ and ‘greet’ for ‘cry’.
We also asked if they ever felt they needed to put on a brave face when talking to someone about their mental health, based on a recent study conducted for this year’s campaign.
Shoppers also learned more about why talking about mental health is essential to tackling barriers that stop people from reaching out for the support they need.
This year, more than a hundred events and activities took place across Scotland, from drop-in tea sessions in workplaces to family events in communities, all in hopes of getting a conversation started about mental health.
Our volunteers Chik Duncan and Antje Bothin performed some of their poetry before hearing music from local talent Chris Grant. Lanarkshire’s SoundSational choir then took to the stage and performed a medley of songs that got the crowd singing and clapping along.
Throughout the day we handed out postcards and conversation starters to passers-by and took the the time to chat about the campaign.
If you want to find out how you can continue to tackle mental health stigma beyond Time to Talk Day at seemescotland.org/SeeUs.