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Let's get talking about mental health

Taking place every year on 1 February, Time to Talk Day is an opportunity to have honest and open conversations about mental health, to come together to talk, listen and change lives.
Starting a conversation about mental health doesn’t have be difficult. Talking about mental health can help you, and those around you, be happier and healthier. This Time to Talk Day, we're sharing some handy tips to help get you and your loved ones talking, so everyone feels empowered to have open conversations about mental health.

Choose a setting

  • It can be easier to talk face-to-face, but you can also speak online or over the phone.
  • Make sure you can both talk freely.
  • Reduce distractions, turn off notifications and put your phone on silent.
  • Meeting outside the workplace might help you both feel at ease. You could go to a café, for a walk, or plan an online coffee catch-up.
  • Give yourself plenty of time so you’re not rushed.

Talking tips

  • If you’re meeting online, encourage the person to have their camera on if they are comfortable. Seeing each other’s body language will help you connect.
  • Keep your body language open and non-confrontational.
  • Be empathetic and take them seriously.
  • Don’t offer throwaway advice such as “pull yourself together” or “cheer up”.

Listening tips

  • Give the person your full focus and listen without interrupting.
  • Pay attention to their words, tone of voice, and body language. These will all give clues as to how they’re feeling.
  • Listen non-judgementally and don’t criticise. Place yourself in their shoes.
  • Respect their experiences and values, even if they differ from yours.
  • Use phrases such as, “I understand how difficult this must be” and “I am so glad that you are telling me about this”.

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