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But Time to Talk Day is a fantastic way of showing everyone that sometimes just talking with someone can really help.

Emily, a 28-year-old social media influencer, said she was guilty of having far fewer conversations.

Yet many of us feel anxious about how to respond to someone when they open up about issues such as anxiety, depression or self-harming, for fear of saying the wrong thing. "Social media can be an awesome, connective place but a "like", or even hundreds of "likes", can't replace conversation".

"Having people reach out to me when I was feeling practically housebound was incredibly important". "To literally have a shoulder to cry on is one of the best gifts I've received from my friends".

"We know with mental ill-health that prevention and early intervention are key factors in determining positive outcomes", she continued.

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While social media allows people to connect with those around them and can be a helpful source of support for the one in four who experience mental health problems in any given year, according to campaigners, the new data suggests "surface level" engagement, such as liking photos or checking friends' profiles is replacing more meaningful conversation, both on and offline. Past year I made a decision to be really honest with my followers and talk candidly about struggling with depression on Instagram. The charity's message is a simple one: that whether it's close friends having tea and biscuits, or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, they want people to get talking. "We need to motivate businesses to take action and reinforce the importance of employers focusing time and resource on the mental health needs of all of their staff". Celebrity supporters include Frankie Bridge, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dr Ranj Singh and Matt Johnson.

In our experience, when it comes to supporting employees' mental wellbeing, organisations need to think beyond simply spotting the signs of declining mental health and helping people to seek treatment when needed. "However, in a world where many of us only share our "best bits" online we're urging everyone to use Time to Talk Day as an opportunity to break down barriers and have real and meaningful conversations about their mental health".

Vanessa Sallows, benefits and governance director at Legal & General, which runs its Not A Red Card campaign to raise awareness of mental health initiatives, agreed that "more needs to be done".

If you are anxious about your mental health, you may benefit from speaking to a professional.