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The Future Psychologists held a “Time to Talk Day” event which is part of a nationwide push to get people talking more openly about mental health. The students raised an amazing £469.27 for the mental health charity Mind. It was a college wide community event where students and staff came to together to spend time to talk to each other, and open the discussion about mental health and support. The event included the students selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and serving hot drinks. There were information stalls, resources on mental health and enrichment activities for well-being.
Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health. People can struggle to talk about mental health, so this year, Time to Change is asking people to have a conversation how ever they like – whether at work, on a walk or over a cup of tea. Since its launch in 2014, Time to Talk Day has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and has attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Starting a conversation about mental health might seem daunting, but simply sending a text, checking in on a friend or sharing something on social media can break the ice.