With many of us working remotely and unable to see our family and friends, it has been more difficult to ask people how they are feeling. However, with the challenges that the pandemic and lockdown bring to our mental health and well-being, it is more important than ever to check up on those we care about. Today, Thursday, 4 February, is Time to Talk Day, an awareness day that hopes to get the nation talking about mental health. It is organised by Time to Change, the mental health campaign that aims to reduce mental health related stigma and discrimination.
This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Small’, recognising that a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference, whether it is sending someone an email, picking up the phone or having a chat with a coffee over a video call. You can find RSK Divisional Director, Sarah Mogford’s insight into why ‘The Power of Small’ is so important on the RSK website.
To celebrate the campaign, RSK has launched a positive mental health video, which features RSK employees discussing mental health in their own words. As well as sharing how they feel on a good and a bad day, and how they would describe experiencing poor mental health, our colleagues discuss what they would want people to ask them if they were feeling low or just want to talk to someone, so there might be a few helpful tips that you could use this Time to Talk Day. We hope that normalising talking about mental health will help remove any stigma associated with mental health challenges.
This Time to Talk Day we are encouraging our employees and our stakeholders to take some time to talk to colleagues, friends and family members and to set aside some time to look after their own mental health.
You can get involved by
- Asking one person how they are doing. If the response is “fine” or “okay”, ask twice. A second “how are you?” can make all the difference.
- Doing one thing for your mental health, whether it is taking a short walk on your lunch break or aiming to finish work on time.
- Use a mental health quiz or mental health bingo to kickstart your virtual meetings – get the conversation started!
You can also show your support by helping spread the word online by taking to social media and using #timetotalk.
Sources of support
On Time to Talk Day and every day of the year, if you are struggling with your mental health, or you are concerned about a family member, friend or colleague, talk to someone and do not be afraid to ask for help. You can find a list of mental help and support services on the Time to Change website.
More information and further resources on Time to Talk Day is available on the Time to Change website.