On Thursday 3 February 2022, the nation will be celebrating Time to Talk Day, a day about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health, so by talking about it we can support ourselves and others!
Fighting mental health stigma and discrimination is another big part of our mission as a charity and as a partner of the Time to Change Surrey campaign.
To mark the day and get Surrey talking about what’s on their minds, we’ll be doing the following:
Sharing social media content
- We’ll share tips about how to start mental health conversations, either to open up about how you’re feeling or to invite someone else to open up
- We’ll share blogs, videos and posters which we’d love you to share on your social media accounts so we can have as much impact as possible.
Organising activities to get people talking – all on 3 February:
- Coffee Morning at 10.30-11.30am with Angie will be focusing on ways to start a mental health conversation and how to listen better when people do open up.
- An extra Wellbeing Advice session for 16-25, 11am-2pm at Leatherhead Youth Centre, All Saints Church so they can get the advice they need and open up about what’s going on in their lives
- “Walk and Talk” in Epsom, 11am-12pm from the Beefeater in Tattenham Corner. Walkers will be invited to talk to others about how they’re feeling (not just small talk!).
- “Walk and Talk”, in Walton, 1pm-2pm from Wilde Brunch Café by Walton Bridge carpark. Walkers will be invited to talk to others about how they are feeling (not just small talk!).
- Stress Matters, 4pm-5pm on Zoom with Angie. Participants will be invited to reflect on effective communication and look at the following:
– How to increase your ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally.
– Improve how we send and receive messages, listen with both ears!
– Recognise characteristics of helpful and unhelpful body language
- Creative Writing, 7pm-9pm on Zoom with Michele. Participants will be invited to write about how to start a conversation about mental health – whether to open up to someone about how they feel or to invite someone to open up. Please note Michele will also work on this theme during both her Tuesday 1 February and Thursday 3 February sessions. We will share the group’s writing with everyone (with their consent!) afterwards on social media and our website, so keep an eye out!
To find out about how you can take part in the day’s event, please visit the Time to Talk website.