Take 5 to help break the silence

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It’s Time to Talk Day and we’re taking 5 minutes to have a conversation about mental health.

Time to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems and they're encouraging all of us to take 5 minutes today to break the silence with Time to Talk Day, Thursday 5 February.

Back in December our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, signed a Time to Change pledge as a formal declaration of our University’s aspirations to address mental health issues. And we now have a University-wide action plan detailing the actions we will undertake.

Why take 5?

  • Having a mental health problem is hard enough, but sometimes the isolation and stigma can make it even worse. But we can all help to break the silence. Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and can make a big difference.
  • Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. And 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.

Five things you can do to support others:

  1. Talk, but listen too: simply being there will mean a lot
  2. Keep in touch: meet up, phone, email or text
  3. Don’t just talk about mental health: chat about everyday things as well
  4. Remind them you care: small things can make a big difference
  5. Be patient: good days and bad days happen.

Five things you can do for yourself at work:

  1. Take your breaks, have a change of scene and some fresh air
  2. Don’t bottle things up. Ask for help if you need it
  3. Celebrate in your teams, don't just focus on what's not been done
  4. Create a balance – time for non-work activities and meeting friends
  5. Take part in Juice activities


Our top tweet suggestions:

  • How do you look after your mental wellbeing at work? #TimetoTalk @sheffunistaff
  • I'm taking 5 today to help break the silence around mental health, join me! #TimeToTalk @sheffunistaff

Source: Time to Change