We all have mental health and just like our physical health sometimes it needs a bit of a workout, but you don't have to necessarily grab your running shoes for this one! Sometimes the simplest things can help keep us healthy - like just having a chat with someone we trust.
Time to Talk is a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to get talking about mental health. Unfortunately a stigma around mental health problems still exists despite statistics showing that 1 in 4 people in UK will experience a mental health problem every year*. Often people who experience mental health problems will feel that they are in it alone and do not know who to turn to. Time to Talk aims to break down this stigma by trying to involve EVERYONE in the conversation.
So how can you get involved? Well its simple, get talking! It's as easy as asking a friend, family member or colleague how they are and letting the conversation go from there. Feeling a bit nervous about starting the conversation? Here are some handy conversation starters: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/start-your-mental-health-conversation/conversation-starter
You can get involved in other ways too:
Attend an event
Mind Sheffield will be hosting a Tea and Talk event from 11am - 3pm in the Virgin Lounge on Fargate, Sheffield.
Spread the word on social media
Why not change your profile picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for the day. Or use the #timetotalk on one of your posts and spread the word?
You can find stock images here: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday-online
Make a pledge
Join the 90000+ people who have made a pledge to help end mental health stigma and add your picture to the pledge wall http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/pledgewall
Sheffield Hallam University Students' Union Survey
We want to understand more about student mental health. Do you think there is a stigma around mental health? Have you experienced mental health issues whilst being a student at Sheffield Hallam?
Share your thoughts and you could win £50!
Start the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SHUmentalhealth17
Organisations you can contact if you need mental health support:
SHU Wellbeing offers confidential support and guidance on a range of personal issues. They can support you with self-help materials, wellbeing sessions, appointments and faith advice through the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
You will need to register online to access their service. You can register here: https://students.shu.ac.uk/shuspacecontent/wellbeing/student-wellbeing-service
Nightline is an anonymous, confidential and non-judgment listening service is run for students by students. Nightline is open 8pm to 8am every night during term time.
You can contact them on:
Telephone: 0114 222 8787
Big White Wall
The Big White Wall is a free, anonymous online support service which is available 24/7. You can talk to others who feel like you, talk to trained counsellors and undertake self-help programmes.
Go to www.bigwhitewall.com and select join now.
Sheffield Mind offers a range of service from counselling to anger management course and workshops on living a healthy lifestyle.
You can contact them on:
Telephone: 0114 258 4489
*MIND.org.uk > Mental health facts and statistics