Time to Talk Day is the UK’s biggest conversation about mental health and invites you to make space in your day for a conversation about mental health. It’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about wellbeing.
We know the more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy, but a conversation has the power to change lives. This Time to Talk Day, we encourage you to reach out to those around you and start talking about mental health. We know we’re all too guilty of saying ‘I’m fine!’ when asked how we are, so we’ve worked with our Student Wellbeing team to come up with a few conversation starters to help get the chat flowing.
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’s 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 or chatting about the podcast topic to get things going.
Do you want to come over for a brew?
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.
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 Qwell 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 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 help normalise conversations around our mental health and wellbeing.
The Time to Talk Day website has lots of free resources for you to explore as well so make sure you check it out. If you, or someone you know is struggling and you need further advice or resources head over to the student support website.