203Shoppers in Durham should break their silence and help end the stigma of mental health issues this Time to Talk Day.

The awareness day, organised by the Time To Change campaign, aims to get the nation talking about mental health in an effort to dispel misconceptions around it.

And in Durham, visitors to The Gates shopping centre will be invited to take part in activities and find out more.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “Anyone can experience poor mental health, and talking about mental health doesn’t need to be uncomfortable.

“By joining together on Time to Talk Day we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.”

The Time to Change Durham anti- stigma mentoring group along with Waddington Street Centre will be having a stall in the Gates shopping centre on Thursday 4 February from 10am to 3pm.