Time to Talk day is a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversations about mental health.
Anywhere can be the right place to talk about mental health, including at work. Having conversations about mental health helps breakdown stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects all of us.
There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. You don’t have to be an expert to talk.
We know that it benefits all of us to talk about mental health. And, when one in four of us experience a mental health problem in any given year, it’s important that we encourage these conversations. This year, the focus for Time to Talk Day is on finding the right ingredients to have a mental health conversation. Whether that is over a cup of coffee, lunch with a friend or colleague, in the course of a walk around the campus mile or putting your trainers on and talking to a running buddy, whatever works for you, we’re encouraging everyone to talk on ‘Time to Talk’ Day.
What’s happening on campus?
Find the pledge boards around St John’s campus and pledge what you will do to help combat the stigma around mental health.
Chatter and Natter tables
The SU Hangar and the City Campus cafe in Charles Hastings Building both have a ‘chatter and natter’ table available every day for use by students and staff. These designated cafe tables are designed to encourage people to connect and talk together. Staff MH network members will be at these tables during Time to Talk Day for anyone to join them to talk for just a few minutes or for an hour of good conversation over a coffee, tea or lunch!
Mindful ‘Walk and Talk’
Join members of the staff mental health network on a lunchtime ‘Mindful Walk and Talk’ around the campus mile. Meet in Edward Elgar reception at 12 midday and 1pm (walks will last approximately 30 minutes)
Fancy a Cuppa?
Drop-in for a free cuppa and a chat with support staff any time from 1 – 2pm in the alcove opposite firstpoint.
Time to Talk Day is co-ordinated by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. University of Worcester is a Worcestershire Time to Change hub member and has several ‘Time to Change’ Champions.
If you want to find out how to become a Time to Change Champion: www.time-to-change.org.uk