Posted: 04 Feb. 2021 5 min. read

Time to talk. Time to change.

Today is Time to Talk day – a day to start conversations about mental health and help end the stigma.

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down.

I am a Deloitte Tax Partner and also a Mental Health Champion. The champion role is one of the most rewarding I have within Deloitte and it has two main components. Firstly, my fellow champions across all our UK offices and I are responsible for raising awareness, speaking to teams and communicating the various support networks that are in place, and, secondly, we are an independent sympathetic ear for people with concerns about themselves or a colleague and we aid them in accessing the appropriate confidential and professional help they require.

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

I think we have come a long way during COVID-19 to normalise the conversation about mental health, but there is still work to be done.  My suggestion to my colleagues is that we put aside ONE slot of 15 minutes today to call someone in the team to talk about your current ups and downs. 

Simple.  Brief.  A normal conversation about understandable challenges.  No stigma. 

I’m doing it.  Will you?

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Garry Tetley

Garry Tetley

Partner, Tax

Garry is a corporate tax partner with 18 years of experience advising private companies and entrepreneurs on their business structures, transactions and their tax compliance requirements. Based in Edinburgh, Garry advises a wide range of privately owned businesses, from fast growing owner managed businesses to large multinational private equity owned groups.