Time to Talk Day 2022

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Welcome to Time to Talk

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Taking place on Thursday 3 February 2022, it’s the day that friends, families, communities, and workplaces come together to talk, listen and change lives.

Launched in 2014 by Time to Change, this campaign seeks to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. It is currently run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in England.

Together, lets have a conversation about mental health.

The people that talked

Meet Nay, Georgia, Sandeep and Sarah - the people that talked. Individually, they discuss how their mental health has impacted their lives and how Time to Talk has helped them.

Click here to view Sandeep's story

Click here to view Sarah's story

Recent research by Time to Talk shows how important open conversations in communities are to support everyone’s mental wellbeing. Scan the QR code to take a look.

04.02.2022 - Five Things for a Friday Time to Talk

Talking Tips (because it's not as easy as you think)

Whilst there is right way to talk about mental health, these tips can help make sure you’re approaching it in a helpful way.

Be an active listener

Asking the person questions is a great way to better understand how they're feeling and what they're going through. However, try to ask questions that are open and non-critical of their experience.

For example, "What does it feel like?" and "How does that affect you?"

Being an active listener is a powerful tool. This means no scrolling through your phone or rushing to offer your opinion. It shows you are taking their emotions seriously and will make them more comfortable opening up to you in the future.

Time and Place

Keep in mind the time and place that you decide to start a conversation. Sometimes it's easier to talk side by side rather than face to face. You could start a conversation on a walk, whist cooking or even stuck in traffic. But try not to over plan the location!

Patience is key

Although it can be really distressing to see someone you care about go through a hard time, try to resist offering quick solutions to their problems (unless they have asked for specific advice).

It can be a long journey. Your loved ones may not be ready to talk about what they're going through. That's okay - be patient. Your offer to talk has already let them know you are there for them when they are ready to open up.

Switch up the way you check in

A chat with a friend can easily be turned into a mental health check up. How about swapping out "How are you?" for "What's been on your mind?" or "Are you okay?" for "Tell me how you've been feeling lately". An open-ended question gives your friend the opportunity to elaborate on how they're feeling.

Struggling to talk?

It can be hard to provide others with support when you aren't in the right headspace. But as long as it comes from a loving place, a check-in can take many forms.

How about sending a care package with all their favourite bits and bobs? Or mailing them a letter! Even simply sharing a meme or Tik Tok reminds them that you have them on your mind.

Keeping the conversation going...

Trigger warning: this talks about suicide.

In February 2021, Dr Alex George was appointed the role of Youth Mental Health Ambassador to raise the profile of mental health education and wellbeing in schools. At present, Dr Alex is an A&E doctor that has been a passionate online campaigner for mental health. He often shares his own struggles with anxiety which prompted his campaign #PostYourPill. It seeks to normalise taking medication to support your mental health. The campaign involves posting a picture of your medication and uploading it onto Instagram. Since November 2021, over 3000 people have participated in the campaign which continues to grow. In its debut post, Dr Alex explained how he was not ashamed but proud to have taken control over his own health. A message that has continued to empower those who are affected.

Below are some examples of Dr Alex's' work:

Trigger warning: this talks about suicide.

Dr Alex George joins Lorraine to talk about the death of his 19 year old brother Llŷr. In July 2020 Alex, announced that he had lost him to mental health and Llŷr died just weeks before he was due to follow in his older brother's footsteps and start medical school.

Dr Alex George explores the wide range of mental health issues children and young people are facing, and finds out how projects funded by Children in Need are making a difference.

Follow Alex's Instagram page to keep up to date with his current campaign #PostYourPill. It seeks to end the stigma around using medication to support your mental health.

Alex also posts daily motivational quotes on wellbeing and body positivity.

LUU is here for you

LUU believes that the mental health and wellbeing of our people is extremely important and we want to do all that we can to ensure that we are supporting our staff and helping to raise awareness of the support that is available.

Under our Health, Safety and Wellbeing page on the Staff Intranet, you can find out how LUU is providing staff with Mental Health Support and a number of useful resources and contacts.