University promotes Time to Talk day to combat mental health stigma

Time to Talk Day takes place on Thursday 4th February.

As part of its commitment to address stigma towards mental health, the University is promoting Time to Talk Day today – when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.

Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year. Time to Talk Day is there to help spread the message that you don’t need to be an expert in order to talk about mental health.

Time to Talk Day is organised by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness under ‘Time to Change’ – England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Making a difference

Co-Chair of the Disabled Staff Network, Amie Cooper 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 and it’s only when we start talking about the issue that we see stigma and discrimination being reduced.”

How you can get involved

  • Talk about mental health and mental health misconceptions to a colleague
  • Download the University’s ‘Top Tips for Tip Top Mental Health’ infographic .
  • Tweet your support for Time to Change using #timetochange and @timetochange
  • Change your Twitter and Facebook cover images and banners with the Time to Talk logo
  • Add a ‘Twibbon’ to your facebook or twitter picture
  • Add the Time to Talk banner to your email signature

Staff can download resource for all of the above  via the Time to Talk Day website.

Mental health courses

The University is also hosting nationally accredited half-day courses on Mental Health first aid on 3rd and 4th March. Further information on the courses are available here.  Alternatively, please contact HIlary Dixon for queries and booking at:

Staff can find out more the University’s Time to Change Pledge and mental health support available by visiting:,to,change/


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