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Have a conversation about mental health

By Time to Change

Thursday 6 February 2020 Student Mental Health

Today is Time to Talk Day, and our friends at Time to Change want everyone to have a conversation about mental health – whether that’s texting a friend, chatting to a colleague or organising a stigma-busting event.


Talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to.Just having a conversation about mental health - with a friend, family member or anyone else - can help to break down the silence and shame around the subject.

Top tips

There are lots of ways to get conversations about mental health started. Here are a few ideas. 

  • You could use Time to Change's printable conversation starter and go through it with a friend.
  • Sometimes it's just as simple as asking a friend 'how are you', and really listening to the answer. 
  • If there's any mental health-related stories in the news, or any celebrities talking about it, why not use that as a way to get the conversation going? 
  • Sometimes it's easier to talk side-by-side instead of face to face: when you're cooking, driving or walking somewhere are all good times to give it a go. 

More information and support is available from the Time to Change website.