Time to Talk Day 2022

Time to Talk Day is an annual campaign designed to get people talking about mental health. We know that talking about how we’re feeling is important, it can help us feel less alone and more understood. Listening without judgement is hugely powerful. It can make all the difference in people’s lives, including promoting recovery. The more we normalise conversations, the more people are also empowered to seek help if and when they need it. Mental health is just as important as physical health and it’s with us wherever we go. The people of Lanarkshire embrace Time to Talk Day within communities, workplaces, schools, amongst friends and beyond. Sometimes it can be hard to open up to others about mental health, which is why Time to Talk is such a useful tool to get that conversation going any day of the year. We really can change lives by reducing stigma and building caring, supportive communities.


Holy Cross High School

Our time to talk day was organised by our S6 Mental Health Ambassadors and Prefects from St Margaret’s house as their charity is SAMH. All activities were focussed on having conversations about mental health.

The pupils went into S1 tutor classes to give the “what is on your mind” leaflets from See Me. They also did a Walk a Mile on Wednesday at lunch time and took lots of pictures with their selfie frames. We did the posters on the door. Tutor classes discussed these and choose either a quote/positive affirmation about mental health, signposting to charity for help or a fact about mental health, all to get them talking! We just wanted all of the pupils to know that no matter how shy, quiet, worried, anxious or stressed they are, there is always someone that can help or offer support.


North Lanarkshire Carers Together

We at North Lanarkshire Carers Together are commissioned by Health & Social Care to provide a Campaigning, Representation and Information service for and on behalf of unpaid carers across the whole of North Lanarkshire. A carer-led charity, our Board of Directors and small team of staff have lived experience of caring and therefore recognise the importance of being listened to and having a “good conversation” particularly with planning care for the people they care for.

We know from listening to carers that not talking or being listened to can affect your emotional and mental health and wellbeing, and indeed Carers Scotland found just six months into the pandemic 63% of carers feeling more stressed, and 55% saying it had an impact on their health and wellbeing.

This is why, this year and previous years, North Lanarkshire Carers Together support the national conversation about mental health that is Time to Talk Day. To mark 2022, we included videos from male staff and our volunteer Sarwat to ensure the message was relayed to young men and to the South, South/East Asian community of carers in Punjabi and Urdu. Men accounted for 71% of suicides in Scotland in 2020, black men are more likely to have experienced a psychotic disorder in the last year than white men, black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than white people, older South Asian women are an at-risk group for suicide and refugees and asylum seekers are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population, including higher rates of depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Not just a day in February each year, but every day – please take the Time to Talk.


Airdrie Academy

At Airdrie Academy we launched our ‘Ask for help’ campaign on Time to Talk Day. We invited pupils to design a Time to Talk poster and ran the poster during our Mental Health Festival. During the festival we encouraged openness and all pupils participated in mental health activities such as time to reflect, hope clouds and how many positives. They pupils raised money for Youngminds by wearing yellow for a day, a very visual commitment to being a mentally healthy school aa well as reinforcing the message to pupils to ‘Ask for help’. Youngminds is a mental health charity that supports young people, their parents and adults who work with young people. The charity gives young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard, which is what we are doing here at Airdrie Academy because we believe that no young person should feel alone with their mental health.


Article by: Audrey Bremner, Stigma Free Lanarkshire Programme Coordinator





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