As we enter a new year and a new lockdown, now’s a great time to check in with the people around you. We know that these changes can be difficult for those us with mental health problems.
We’re sharing Angela’s blog from the first lockdown, as it’s a great reminder of the power of everyday conversations in changing attitudes towards mental health problems.
We’re also busy getting ready for Time to Talk Day, which is coming up on Thursday 4 February. We might not be able to meet up in person, but that won’t stop us making it our best Time to Talk Day yet.
We’re bringing you a virtual festival full of fun on the day – read on to find out more!
Last chance to order your free pack of postcards
The coronavirus pandemic means that this Time to Talk Day will be a little different, but a small conversation about mental health still has the power to make a big difference.
Why not brighten up someone’s day with one of our colourful postcards and start a conversation from afar?
You’re invited to our virtual festival
We might not be able to meet up in person, but that won’t stop us making noise on Time to Talk Day! We’re planning a virtual festival full of fun online activities, hosted by a range of Champions and supporters, so you can take part wherever you are. From conversations on the importance of talking about mental health to laughter yoga and dance sessions, there will be lots of ways to get involved and inspire even more mental health conversations.
“This everyday conversation was me sharing some of my own lived experience to help change attitudes.”
Angela’s blog reminds us of the value of checking in with others – whether that’s a quick text to a friend, or a chat with the postman through the window.
Time to Talk with Sussed
We’ve teamed up with Sussed, the conversation card game, to create four special edition cards for Time to Talk Day. You can download the cards from our website – including a printable version and one you can use online or on your mobile. The cards are a great way to get people thinking about mental health and can be played over a video call.
Starting a conversation on Time to Talk Day
Host a coffee morning, the new ‘normal’ way! Get together with friends, family or colleagues over Zoom. This can offer a relaxed setting for people to check in and have a chat.
Why not display one of our posters in the window of your home or business, if still open? You could even print enough to post to your neighbours to get more people involved.
Get people talking online using the hashtag #TimeToTalk and interact with us on social media! Let’s spread the message that it’s OK to talk about mental health.