Time to Talk Day
3rd February 2022
Time to Talk Day is the nation's biggest mental health conversation. It's the day that friends, families, communities, and workplaces come together to talk, listen and change lives.
The Time to Talk Day site provides you with a host of ideas about how you can get involved, from organising an event in your local library or hosting a lunch and learn session to sharing information on social media or texting a friend.
Some useful links for more information:
However you do it, have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
World Cancer Day
4th February 2022
Access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care should be equitable for all – no matter where you live, what your income, your ethnicity or gender. So this year's World Cancer Day's theme, "Close the Care Gap", is all about raising awareness of this equity gap that affects almost everyone, in high as well as low- and middle-income countries, and is costing lives.
Some useful links for more information and to get involved:
Children's Mental Health Week
7th-13th February 2022
Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 7-13 February 2022. 50% of those with a lifetime mental health problem first experience symptoms by age 14. Place2Be is a children's mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools, using tried and tested methods backed by research.
Some useful links for more information and how to get involved:
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
28th February - 6th March
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and EDNOS. This year, during Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we asked the question Why Wait?' On average, 149 weeks pass before those experiencing eating disorder symptoms seek help. That's almost three years, 37 months or 1,043 days. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full and fast recovery.
We must raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder. Telling someone your concerns about the eating disorder and about recovery can be daunting. But recovery is possible, no matter how long your symptoms have been present, and there is support out there for you.
Some of the questions around finding support:
Real life stories of people with eating disorders:
Leicestershire Adult Eating Disorder Service:
1st-28th February 2022
In February, we are promoting the NHS 'Better Health' campaign. Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active, quit smoking, or drink less, Better Health offers lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health.
Looking after your mental health:
LGBTQ+ History Month
1st-28th February 2022
2022 sees the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. The overall aim of LGBT+ History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
This is done by:
- Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT+") people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
- Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT+ community;
- Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT+ communities; and
- Promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT+ people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.
You can find out all about the history of LGBTQ+ month, events, social media resources and so much more here:
Dates and times of LGBTQ+ events this month: