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Time to Talk

Posted on 29 January 2023

Thursday 2 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.

Starting conversations

Unsure of where to begin? Why not check out some great tips on starting conversations from the MIND Mind Your Mates campaign, or download this year's Time to Talk Bingo Card (PDF , 1,338kb) for inspiration? 

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. 


There are confidential drop-in sessions on campus every Tuesday during term-time, available for anyone who is going through a difficult time.

Samaritans Drop-in Tuesdays, 6-8pm - Wellbeing room, Goodricke College Nucleus, Campus East

You can also phone Samaritans free of charge at any time, day or night on 116 123.

Student Space

Provided by Student Minds, this resources provides text, email, webchat and phone support.


Get in touch with Nightline, a confidential listening service run by students, for students.

Further support

There is a wide range of further support available on our health and wellbeing pages:

Help and support