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It’s Time to Talk Day: here are 10 places you can go to to help keep your mind healthy


February 6 is Time to Talk Day – and time to change our reluctance to speak about mental health.

According to Time to Change – the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness – one in four people in Merseyside will put off speaking to a friend who is struggling to avoid an awkward conversation. 

Today (Feb 6) supporters are finding creative ways to get talking from a bowling competition in Liverpool to a ‘chatty bus’ tour of Blackpool; and workplaces, schools and community groups are taking part.

Sometimes, whether you’re the one struggling or you’re a person who would like to help, finding a place of calm or somewhere to clear your own head first can be the best place to start.

Merseyside art and mental health advisor, Angela Samata, says: “Time to Talk is about taking care of yourself and helping others.

“That could mean finding a beautiful place where your can clear your head and have a conversation, or a quiet place where you can look after yourself and your well-being. It’s about topping up your own batteries, whether that’s to listen to someone effectively, or for yourself.

“And we don’t need to travel miles away, we don’t need to get in the car and drive to the middle of Wales. There are places which are free and accessible, and which we can get to easily, in our lunch breaks from work.”

Angela’s Top Ten places to take time out

1. Roscoe Gardens, Mount Pleasant

‘Sometimes it can feel really onerous to take time out and organise something or somewhere to go but Roscoe Gardens is a beautiful place right in the centre of town.’ It is named after William Roscoe, the city historian, anti-slavery society founder and botanist, who is buried there.

2. Bluecoat Gardens, College Lane

Surrounded by Liverpool ONE and the hustle and bustle of shoppers and workers and, yet, another oasis of calm and creativity in the middle of the city.

3. St Nicholas Church Garden

A great place for a picnic, St Nicholas Church Gardens is a popular lunchtime spot on warm days, with stunning views across the Mersey. Still an active parish church, the former churchyard was transformed into a public garden and, as well as providing a place of peace, Angela says: ‘You can admire the Homeless Jesus statue too.’

4. Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street

‘This is a really quiet and calm space where you can choose a favourite painting or sculpture and go to see it, and focus on it, and relax. It’s a meditative place.’

5. Matisse Exhibition, Lady Lever Art Gallery

Featuring prints of the famous cut-outs Matisse produced in the last four years of his life when he was confined to his bed. ‘This is a collection of 35 prints, the cut-outs, he created when he had received some really bad news, that he had incurable cancer. Instead of taking to his bed and thinking that was it, he spent four years creating these and to look at them and think about him creating them at such a difficult time is inspirational and therapeutic.’

6. Raby Mere, Wirral

Woodland and open countryside around a lake. ‘You can go for a walk here and you’re surrounded by nature; you can feed the ducks and the birds and reflect. It’s the simple things, going back to the basics, and helping to remember what made you happy as a child so you can go back to that place, not worrying about anything.’

7. Hilbre Island

An archipelago consisting of three islands at the mouth of the estuary of the River Dee, the border between England and Wales. A popular place to walk you can take in and admire the different seasons, the changing flora and fauna. 

8. Ness Gardens

Born of one man’s passionate interest in plants and his desire to share that interest with others, there are numerous ‘quiet spots’ for contemplation and thought and talking, ‘surrounded by many beautiful gardens’. ‘It’s another place to get back to basics’.

9. Liverpool and Birkenhead Libraries

‘You don’t have to read a book, just find peace and solace in the quietness. Again, the libraries are places you can spend hours or 10 minutes out of a lunch break, just time to quieten the mind.’

10. Liverpool’s cathedrals

‘You don’t have to be religious to enjoy being in these beautiful buildings, finding somewhere to sit and clear your head. Just more places of calm in our busy, and amazing, city.’

Angela adds: “Talking is a great way to help someone who is trying to cope with mental illness, or to be helped. But remember it’s sometimes okay to be alone too.”

Why people avoid talking:

* They don’t feel they know enough to be any help

* They are worried about what they might hear

* They prefer to keep things light-hearted’ when chatting with friends and family. 

Time to Change says DON’T put off an important conversation that could change someone’s life:

Ask questions and listen: “How does it affect you?” or “What does it feel like?”

Think about the time and place: sometimes it’s easier to talk side-by-side. Try chatting while doing something else, like walking

Don’t try and fix it: resist the urge to offer quick fixes, often listening is enough

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, says: “It’s vital that we don’t avoid or delay these important conversations because of our own worries. You don’t need to have all the answers; if someone close to you is struggling, just being there will mean a lot.

“The more we all talk about mental health, the more we can remove the fear and awkwardness. This Time to Talk Day we’re urging everyone to take action on one day when thousands of others will be doing the same and continue that conversation throughout the year.”

Find out more about Time to Change here.

Who can help

James’ Place Liverpool

They offer a service for men in crisis.

Find out more here.


They offer information and advice to people with mental health problems.

Find out more here.

Hub of Hope

A first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support.

Find out more here.

The Open Door Centre Wirral

Creative therapeutic Support if you are feeling down, low, stressed or anxious, numerous different activities within music and the arts, unique training and volunteering opportunities and much more.

Find out more here.


Waiting to listen.

Find out more here.


Campaign Against Living Miserably.

Find out more here.

Learn more about Time To Talk Day here.

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