The theme of this year’s Time to Talk Day was ‘conversations change lives’. Prince Harry started the day at the London Ambulance Service, one of many workplaces around the UK committed to promoting mental wellbeing of the workforce and who run a Time to Talk Day event.
During his visit Prince Harry spoke to members of staff at London Ambulance Service who shared how the support of their colleagues has helped them overcome difficult times in their lives. His Royal Highness also heard from 999 control room staff and ambulance crews about the importance of being able to talk to colleagues about how they’re feeling and what challenges they may be coping with.
Prince Harry then joined staff in the service’s own Time to Talk Day event, which provides staff members with advice on how to start conversations and look after their mental wellbeing.
Time to Change is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Time to Change organises Time to Talk Day, now in its fourth year, to encourage people to be more open about mental health and ready to listen. On Time to Talk Day people are being encouraged to have conversations. Organisations, including schools, universities, workplaces and sports clubs, are being encouraged to hold events where everyone can take time out and talk about mental health. Everyone is being asked to then log their conversations on the Time to Change website.