#timetotalkday is an annual campaign that aims to end the stigma attached to mental health and encourage everyone to start having conversations about how they really feel.

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ says: We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been tough for even the most resilient of us and the effects of the pandemic on the nation’s mental health will be a legacy we need to deal with.

People with a learning disability can be more likely to experience poor mental health because of:

  • Biology and genetics may increase vulnerability to mental health problems
  • A higher incidence of negative life events
  • Access to fewer resources and coping skills – even more notable during the 2020 Covid pandemic
  • The impact of other people’s attitudes

The pandemic has been especially hard for our members and services like Leep1 that offer support and activities to adults with learning disabilities have remained open as much as possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people we are here to help.

When we re-opened in September after the first lockdown our members saw improvements to their mood and mental health almost immediately. Watch our short film about how the Leep1 Online Group has been helping our members stay connected and how the reopening of Leep1 was such a welcomed event….

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