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Time to Talk Day: Thursday 3 February

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‘Time to Talk Day’ is a day where we’re reminded not only to talk to one another about our mental health, but to help break down the stigma that surrounds such conversations. 1 out of 4 people will potentially experience a mental health condition this year but despite this statistic, there still isn’t enough attention drawn to the matter.

Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to start normalising conversations surrounding our wellbeing. Talking to a friend/family member or attending talking therapies is an effective way to cope with problems we have been facing. However if you feel you’re able, listening is an equally powerful tool to help someone you know feel supported and understood.

Sometimes actions as simple as asking ‘How are you?’ is a great starting point – but it’s a phrase which is often overused. Our Wellbeing Intern in the Student Wellbeing Team has devised a few conversation starters besides ‘How are you?’ for you to use this Time to Talk day:

This podcast made me think of you, how are things?

Beginning a conversation by letting your loved one know you’ve been thinking of them is a good starter. It is a reminder that this person has someone that is thinking of them, and that you have taken the time to recommend something you think they would enjoy. This can be followed up with a question asking them how they are, encouraging a conversation.

Do you want to come over for a cup of tea and a chat?

A personal testimony on the Mind website states that a change of scenery for someone who is struggling can be a world of help. Inviting someone over for a cup of tea and a chat can promote conversations and shows that you’ve made the time in your schedule to listen to them. Although it’s ‘Time to Talk Day’, listening to someone is just as important.

If you’re looking to do something similar, book your place at our ‘Grow your own Plant event’ at the student’s union, where you can Take Notice and take home your own plant. Also check out what events your School is running – some are hosting coffee mornings! All events are free, and you can stay for as little or as long as you like. The Wellbeing Calendar on the Student Support website has all the information you need.

Is there anything I can help you with?

Some people don’t want to talk for fear of being shamed and might carry the burden of their mental health struggles alone. Although encouraging friends and family to talk about their problems is great, sometimes this isn’t an option. If they don’t feel comfortable talking to a person close to them, there are lots of professional resources available. At University we have Togetherall and the 24 Hour Mental Health Helpline. Externally, the NHS offer different Talking Therapy options which can be discussed with a GP. If you feel comfortable, you might want to signpost to these resources. Take a look at this student news article for more information on how to support a friend.  

Shall we check in with one another in a day/ weeks’ time?

Time to Talk Day should be treated as a reminder to continue ongoing interactions surrounding mental health and wellbeing. Checking in with one another throughout the year can be a really good way to normalise conversations around our mental wellbeing.      

If you, or someone you know is struggling and you need further advice or resources head over to the student support website.

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