Creating an open and understanding community allows those of us with mental health problems to feel seen and heard. It doesn’t take much to show someone you’re there and willing to listen. Here are just a few ways, but however you do it, start your conversation on Time to Talk Day.
Tea and talk
If you have access to a public space like a community centre or an office reception, you could host a drop-in tea and talk event. A relaxed setting can help people be open to talking, and listening, about mental health. Download a poster to promote your event.
Sometimes it’s easier to have a conversation when you’re doing something active. Why not arrange a walk and talk event for people in your community? You could give people conversation cards to break the ice and help them start a conversation about mental health. Take a look at our talking tips for your event.
Get your friends and family talking about mental health in a fun way. Download our ready-made interactive bingo card full of ways to start a mental health conversation, or create your own with our editable version.
Let as many people as possible know what Time to Talk Day is all about and why it’s important to you. Here are a few examples of what you could post and we’ve got lots of downloadable social media tiles that you could share.
The most exciting thing about Time to Talk Day is the creative ways people start their conversations. In the past, people have created fortune cookies with mental health facts inside. People have written and shared poems, put on music or comedy gigs. Others have reached out to someone they’ve not spoken to in years or made cakes for a neighbour. Whatever you’re comfortable doing, Time to Talk Day is a chance to get people talking about mental health.