Health and Wellbeing

Time to Talk Day

Last Thursday was Time to Talk Day – the day that’s dedicated to conversations about mental health.

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health, but we can be a bit more reluctant to talk about it, especially if we’re experiencing difficulties.  The stigma around mental health can mean that we don’t reach out for support from friends, family or professionals, or share ideas about how we can look after ourselves which can lead to isolation. Time to Talk Day is dedicated to having open conversations with one another to break down that stigma

How can I get involved?

Time to Talk day might have passed for another year, but we can put the ideas into practice all year round.

Talking about metal health doesn’t have to be a big deal. You could simply start a conversation with your housemates, friends or colleagues with questions like ‘how do you look after yourself?’ or ‘what do you think about mental health?’. Sometimes it's just as simple as asking 'how are you?', and really listening to the answer.

There’s no right or wrong way to get involved – every conversation about mental health helps to make it an everyday subject for people to talk about – but here are some tips to get you started.

Want more information?

If Time to Talk Day makes you want to learn more about mental health and how to look after yourself then there’s lots of information available.

Take a look at the Time to Change website, which has lots of information about the Time to Change campaign and tips on how to get involved.

You can find out about how you can look after your own mental wellbeing by visiting our web pages.

For information on support and advice around mental health visit our web pages.

You can follow Time to Talk Day using the hashtag #timetotalk

 

The Student Wellbeing Team provide information, resources and initiatives that support you to have a happy, healthy time at Sussex. Find out more at www.sussex.ac.uk/wellbeing