Health and Wellbeing

Time to Talk Day

Tuesday 2nd February is Time to Talk Day – a day to get the nation talking about mental health and keep the conversation going. 

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year, but often we don’t talk about it.

Stigma around mental health is stopping people from talking openly, and that can make us feel ashamed or embarrassed about our mental health issues, or feel like we have to hide them. That can stop us from seeking support, or finding out about things that could help.

When no-one else speaks about their own mental health issues it can make us feel like we’re the only ones having trouble, which leads to isolation.

If people say negative things about mental health problems, or react negatively to people experiencing mental health issues it can make us feel worthless.

In short, stigma has a lot to answer for!

Time to Talk Day is all about having conversations about mental health and opening up this issue that often kept under wraps. Talking openly about mental health can break down the stigma surrounding it, which is good for all of us!

So, this Time to Talk Day we’re asking you to start talking!

You don’t have to be an expert - it’s the little things that make a big difference. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.

Being open about mental health and ready to listen, or even sharing your own experiences, can make a positive difference to someone’s life.

Time to Change offer some handy tips on how to start the conversation, such as telling someone how you’re feeling today, or calling someone you haven’t spoken to for a while and asking how they are.

If you’re not sure where to start and feel like you don’t know much about mental health, then try this Mental Health Quiz, which will give you loads of interesting info and bust some myths.

If you or a friend would like some support around mental health then you can find more information on our Health and Wellbeing web pages, or book an appointment at the Student Life Centre