Added on: 13th February, 2020 by Leigh_50559
intu Uxbridge invited visitors to stop and chat on Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 February, as part of the national campaign to start conversations around mental health.
The seating area on the Lower Mall outside Next was transformed into ‘Chatty Chairs’ – an area where visitors could either talk to each other or to charity Hillingdon Mind about mental health.
Hillingdon Mind had joined forces with intu Uxbridge to support Time to Talk Day. Representatives from the charity came into the shopping centre to chat to visitors and staff, and raise awareness about conditions such as anxiety and depression.
It was the first of many Chatty Chairs events planned for the year, to encourage conversations between visitors to intu Uxbridge. It’s part of a nationwide initiative by intu, designed to raise awareness of mental health among visitors and staff.
Laurie Taylor, general manager of intu Uxbridge, said: “This was an excellent event, and we are so proud to have hosted it. We are committed 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, 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.
For more information, visit www.intu.co.uk/uxbridge