Alsager School are supporting Time to Talk Day. We will be holding an event on Thursday 7th February as part of a nation-wide push to get people talking more openly about mental health for one day. 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 however 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 attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.
Alsager School will join thousands of other groups, organisations, schools and members of the public, who will all be having conversations about mental health on Time to Talk Day. During the day our pupils will have a focus on discussion in every lesson; this may be related to mental health, or may be related to the individual subject. The important part is that we are talking to each other. Our staff will come together in the staffroom at break to chat too, and they will take part in a Random Act of Kindness day. This forms part of our ‘Friendly February’ calendar of ideas. There will also be assemblies held to focus on Time to Talk.
1 in 4 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. More tips can be found at www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday.
Adele Snape, Assistant Headteacher said: “We are taking part in Time to Talk Day because mental health is a topic that we should all feel able to talk about. Having these all important conversations can make a big difference to many people. The more we talk, the more lives we can change.” Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said: “Mental health problems are common and can affect any one of us, yet too often people are afraid to talk openly about mental health for fear of being judged. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk. Whether you’re talking on a walk, or listening over a cuppa, your chat can make a big difference. However you do it, make a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day. ”
For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday