Tomorrow Thursday the 2nd of February is national Time to Talk Day and we’re inviting you to get involved!
Even though one in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year, so many will experience feelings of isolation, misunderstanding and stigma. Sometimes, it can be difficult to talk about mental health, especially our own, or to know how to reach out to a friend in need. That’s why mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have come together to run the Time To Change campaign, a movement of ordinary people from all walks of life committed to opening up about mental health; talking, listening and changing attitudes.
At times, the language we hear around mental health in society is negative, judgemental and inconsiderate, when we should be cultivating an atmosphere of respect, support and empathy. King’s formally committed to supporting open discussion and awareness on campus around mental health in 2014 by signing the Time to Change pledge and what better opportunity to do this than Time to Talk 2017!
Time To Talk 2016: King’s Wellbeing was joined by the KCL peer supporters and Shannon, University Coordinator for Samaritans
You may remember us popping up in your canteens at Time to Talk last year to host a tea and chat session complete with free hot drinks and biscuits.
This year, we won’t spoil the surprise, but the Wellbeing Team has some fun and creative activities planned to help us to ‘stomp the stigma’! Our absolute favourite thing at King’s Wellbeing is interacting with KCL students, who are insightful, passionate and drivers of positive change. So come and join us to stomp on that stigma and help replace negativity and intolerance around mental health problems with support and empathy.
You’ll find us stomping the stigma at:
Macadam Lobby, KCLSU, Strand campus 11-2
Revelstoke Room, Henriette Raphael, Guy’s 11-2
1st floor reception area, Waterloo 11-2
If you would like to talk about something that’s on your mind, or are looking for support with your mental health, don’t forget the following services on campus and off:
Samaritans helpline is also open 24 hours a day for emotional support and you can visit their building in Marshall Street every day between 9.00am and 9.00pm, no appointment necessary