Time To Talk

Thursday 1st February is Time to Talk Day, the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. 

Run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day was launched in 2014 as a campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Taking place each year in the UK, Time to Talk is the perfect opportunity for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together and start a conversation about mental health.

Why is talking important?

Data from NHS England reports that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. And whilst talking about mental health isn’t always easy, a conversation has the power to change lives.

JUCD Wellbeing Psychological Peer Support Lead, Carol Taylor, said:

Time to Talk Day is a fantastic initiative as it encourages people to talk openly about their mental health. Each conversation we have helps to reduce the stigma of mental health, and by talking and listening we can help to support ourselves and others.

Sometimes sensitive conversations may bring up difficult things and people may be in need of additional support. Talking openly about mental health can help people to feel empowered to seek such support if needed.

Across JUCD, we have a number of easily accessible, confidential services for talking support, peer psychological sessions, listening events, and reflective practice support.

Your wellbeing team is on hand to support you and the Time To Talk initiative is a great opportunity to contact the team if you need to talk about your mental health and to find out more about the services available to you all-year round.

The wellbeing team deliver a range of Peer Psychological Support services, which include:

  • Sustaining Resilience at Work (StRaW) – Individual mental health support

If you’re feeling anxious, worried or stressed you can book a 1-1 confidential and non-judgemental conversation with one of our trained practitioners to help support your mental and emotional wellbeing

  • Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) – Trauma support

If you’ve experienced a traumatic or a potentially traumatic event you can contact our trained peer support practitioners who facilitate 1-1 and group support sessions, providing a safe and confidential space to help you process, recover, and improve your mental wellbeing

  • Reflective Practice services – Guided group reflections

A safe and confidential space for teams who have been undertaking highly challenging work or who have encountered difficult situations, enabling them to reflect on the psychological and emotional impact of their experiences

  • REACTmh – Training for staff

Being able to speak with a supportive and trusted peer or line manager in times of difficulty can make a big difference to our mental health. Your Wellbeing Team delivers short, practical and skills-based courses (either 1-1 or training for teams) to enable staff to have effective and supportive conversations about mental health with their colleagues

More information about the team’s Peer Psychological Support services can be found on JUCD Wellbeing’s Your Support webpage

The JUCD Wellbeing team has a wide range of wellbeing support available for colleagues should you need it, and we’re here for you if you need to talk. Talk to the team on: 01332 787703

PPS Lead, Carol Taylor, is pictured with contact details on Time To Talk Day
Carol Taylor, JUCD Wellbeing Peer Psychological Support Lead