Time to Talk Day 2016
Thursday 4 February 2016 is Time to Talk Day, and we’re asking the nation to take 5 minutes to have a conversation about mental health.
Having a mental health problem is hard enough, but sometimes the isolation and stigma can make it even worse. But we can all help to break the silence. Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and can make a big difference. That’s why we’re asking you to take just 5 minutes to have a conversation about mental health.
There are lots of ways you can make your 5 minutes count, whether it be at work, at school, online, in the community or with friends and family. We have lots of suggestions and materials to support what you’re doing. We’re encouraging people to use our event page to log what they are doing for Time to Talk Day and the conversations they are having. We’re aiming to reach at least 24 hours worth of conversation, but we think we can do a lot more!
Take 5 minutes to talk:
Chat with someone. Why not have a cup of tea with a colleague or a friend?
Turn an everyday situation into a conversation using our top tips cards.
Make that call, that text, that cuppa. Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference.
Download our resources and hand out to those around you, these include, postcards, a conversation starter and posters.
Watch one of our films during a TV ad break or before your own movie night.
Speak about wellbeing in a group. Use our conversation starters to start the conversation in a team meeting or tea and talk hour.
Talk mental health in your organisation display our posters around the office. If you have a staff newsletter or intranet tell people about Time to Talk Day in there.
Let people know you’re part of the campaign and encourage others to get involved.
Spread the word. Share our posts and graphics on Facebook and Twitter. Create your own!
What’s the aim of Time to Talk Day?
The aim of Time to Talk Day is to get as many people as possible across England and Wales talking about mental health. By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult. With tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of organisations speaking out together at the same time, we can make a huge impact and show that it really is time to talk.
What’s actually going to be happening on Time to Talk Day?
We’re asking individuals and organisations up and down the country to take just 5 minutes on the day to have a chat about mental health – this could be at work, at school or college, with friends and family, in the community or online.
We’ll also be aiming to get media coverage throughout the day, and can let you know what to look out for nearer the time. We’re hoping some high profile people and large organisations will be taking 5 on the day and we’ll be tweeting and updating our live blog all day too to keep you up to date with how people around the country are spending their 5 minutes.
What if I want to do more than five minutes of activity on the day?
We’re focusing on 5 minutes as we want to show that it’s easy to get involved and that anyone can help tackle stigma and discrimination even if they don’t have a lot of time. But we’d love it if people could spend more time – on the day and beyond – to run activity which helps to get people talking about mental health. For example, you may want to do things like stalls and screenings which last longer than five minutes, and that’s great. But if you only have five minutes – there’s still lots you can do which will really make them count!
What materials are available?
We have lots of materials available to download. Check out our resource centre.
What kind of conversations should people have on Time to Talk Day?
We want to open up general and accessible conversations about mental health and our conversation starting materials and tips will make this easier for people. We ultimately want to reach people who might not normally think or talk about mental health and this could be as simple as asking someone how they are feeling that day, telling them about the Time to Change Wales campaign or passing on a surprising fact – many people don’t realise that mental health problems are as common as they are. By starting these simple conversations in everyday life we can show that there’s no need to be afraid of talking about mental health and it doesn’t need to be as hard as a lot of people think. Within organisations, conversations could be based around highlighting what support is available for employees, or around staff wellbeing. Sharing messages from the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, websites and intranet sites also all count.
Where can people go if the conversations they have on Time to Talk Day raise difficult issues, or they need more support?
The aim of Time to Talk Day is to get as many people as possible talking about mental health in an accessible way, and our materials are designed to help ensure conversations are about mental health in general (eg myths and facts) rather than about a specific individual’s mental health. However, talking about mental health may become distressing for people. There are lots of places you can go for support.
If you’re running activity in your workplace, Time to Talk Day is the ideal time to remind staff about the mental health support that you offer, so we’d encourage you to signpost to your own provision and resources too, if you have them.
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