Added on: 4th February, 2020 by Leigh_50559
intu Uxbridge will be encouraging its visitors to stop and chat for Time to Talk Day (Thursday 6 February) as part of the national campaign to start conversations around mental health.
A new seating area at Lower Mall, outside Next, has been turned into ‘Chatty Chairs’ where visitors can speak to each other or charity Hillingdon Mind about mental health.
Hillingdon Mind is joining forces with intu Uxbridge on Time to Talk Day, which encourages everyone to be more open about mental health, by meeting with visitors and staff and raising awareness about conditions such as anxiety and depression.
The Chatty Chairs area will host other mental health events during 2020 and remain on the mall throughout the year to encourage more conversations between visitors. The initiative is being launched at intu centres nationwide under intu’s strategy to raise awareness of mental health among its visitors and staff.
Angela Vieira, Retail Liaison and CR Coordinator at intu Uxbridge, said: “This forms part of our commitment to reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging more open and honest conversations around mental health and wellbeing.
“intu destinations sit at the heart of communities and reach more than half the UK’s population and so it is important that we support causes that really matter to our visitors and provide destinations that are truly accessible and welcoming for all. Working with important organisations on initiatives such as Chatty Chairs is one way we feel that we can make a real difference to the million people a day who visit our centres.”
In December, intu’s chief executive Matthew Roberts signed The Time to Change pledge, a growing social movement run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to transform attitudes to mental health in the workplace.