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04 Feb 2019
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Get your school talking about mental health on Time to Talk Day 7th February

Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 7 February and is about having a conversation about mental health. To help get you started there’s a selection of straightforward, tried-and-tested resources available from Time to Change.

This year, the campaign shows that there are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. This means Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to get everyone in your school talking.

Following on from the publication of our own local Top Ten Tips for young people’s mental health, young people in East Sussex recently told us during Takeover Day that they wanted more opportunities to talk about mental health and resilience. Young people have urged schools to talk more about mental health – to make it totally normal.

You can sign up on the Time to Change website to be emailed lesson and assembly plans to help you encourage staff and students to talk about mental health.

Download the conversation pack for schools; it’s full of tips, ideas and resources to help get your staff involved and spread the word externally. There are also a selection of straightforward, tried-and-tested resources and free materials to get young people in your school talking, including assemblies and other activities.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it.  Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. You don’t have to be an expert to talk about mental health.

However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.

If you'd like to let us know about your plans for Time to Talk Day, or afterwards send us any feedback on how it went, please get in touch or contact Judy Perraton, Schools' MHEW Adviser, on 01273 335089.

Time to Change is the national campaign to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund.

David Bishop
David Bishop
Health Improvement Principal (Communities and Settings)

Phone: 01273 336228
Email: David.Bishop@eastsussex.gov.uk