Glaswegians are invited to tackle mental health stigma at two exciting events in the city as part of a nationwide campaign.
The Riverside Museum will host the free experience which will use music, poetry, and rap to bring communities together on Thursday 2 February.
Organisers hope to open the nation’s biggest mental health conversation with the Time to Talk Day from See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
Running from 11am to 1pm, visitors can expect performances from the Soundsational choir, spoken word poet Mhairi McCall and rap act SubKonsious.
Also on the day, See Me will be hosting a mental health pub quiz in the museum’s replica Victorian public house, and will be offering tips on opening up conversations in the picnic area.
Research shows that eight in 10 Scots say their understanding of how mental health stigma and discrimination affects people has improved over the last 20 years, according to SeeMe.
Now the programme is asking Glasgow to build on that positive progress through Time to Talk Day.
See Me director Wendy Halliday said: “We are really excited to be teaming up with Glasgow Life and the Riverside Museum to host our first in-person Time to Talk Day event since 2020.
“Time to Talk Day is a fantastic opportunity to take a moment to pause, reflect and open up about what’s on your mind – something all of us need to do more often.
“I hope to see lots of local people coming along to join us on the day, but if you can’t make it, do remember to make space in your day for a conversation about mental health – even a simple, ‘How are you?’ can make a big difference.”
Chair of Glasgow Life, Bailie Annette Christie said: “Now, more than ever, we are aware of the wellbeing benefits associated with visiting museums and taking part in cultural and sporting activities. Glasgow Museums are free for everyone, and we have an important role to play in ensuring they are accessible to as many people as possible.
“We are delighted to host Time to Talk at Riverside, and work with See Me to help end mental health stigma and discrimination. Riverside is a great place to spend time with friends and family, and enjoy the music, poetry and rap performances on offer. It’s a space where people can come together to talk, listen and perhaps even help change lives. Time to Talk is free to drop-in and everybody is welcome.”