‘Time to Change’ dog walk in Ipswich raises awareness of mental health issues

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dog walkers in Ipswich have got together in Christchurch Park to spread awareness of mental health issues.

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Animal lovers and their canine companions joined the ‘Time to Change’ dog walk yesterday which looked to shine a light on the role pets can play in helping people with mental health problems.

Organiser Brian Turner said: “It is just about getting people to talk about mental health issues.

“Using the example of dogs, we want to show pets are a way of helping people come out of depression.

“We want to get people talking to each other.

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Brian Turner from Time To Change, with his dog Rocky. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“We are trying to break down the stigma of mental health by getting people talking about it.

“Even having a chat with members of your family or friends can help overcome a problem.

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“Back in the day you were told to bottle it up. “But sitting down and talking about it, having a simple cup of tea and a chat, can help in its own way.”