Time to Talk
Posted on 28 January 2022
Thursday 3 February is Time to Talk Day, a day when everyone is encouraged to talk about mental health.
The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the stigma that many people can feel about mental health problems and creating an open and supportive community.
It can be as simple as a quick “how are you?” via text or in-person, perhaps to someone you haven’t been in touch with recently - the smallest conversation has the power to make a big difference.
Unsure of how to start the conversation? Here are some great tips on starting conversations from the MIND Mind Your Mates campaign.
Who can I talk to?
- Each college has College Life Coordinators and Advisers to provide confidential pastoral care. They are a team of trained students who live in college and help resolve issues or point you to specialists. Whether you are an on-campus resident or not, your college is ready to listen.
Student Wellbeing Officers (SWOs)
- SWOs are part of the Open Door Team who work within departments alongside academic and support staff. They are not mental health practitioners, but you can talk to them about academic or personal issues, or a combination of both: talking to somebody who can listen and give a different, independent perspective can be helpful. Ask your department for details.
- access free online support with Togetherall, an anonymous 24/7 online global community with support from trained professionals.
- confidential drop-in sessions on campus every Tuesday during term-time, available for anyone who is going through a difficult time
- Drop-in Tuesdays, 6-8pm - LFA/134 in the Library
You can also phone Samaritans free of charge at any time, day or night on 116 123.
- Get in touch with Nightline, a confidential listening service run by students, for students.
There is a wide range of further support available on our health and wellbeing pages:
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