Katie's Diary

5 minutes for Time To Talk about Mental Health

30th January 2015

TIME to Change, the campaign behind mental health support is encouraging everyone to spend five minutes as part of its Time to Talk day on February 5.


The aim is focusing on those that may need an arm to support them or a few words of comfort. Here’s just five ways which can make a difference on improving people’s lives;



  1. When you go to make your own cuppa ask a colleague you don’t normally speak to, if they want join you. Make them feel special.  Sometimes the best way to make a difference is to open your heart and be a friend. Remember, the most meaningful acts are often the ones we commit without prompting or expectations.
  2. Organise a small activity that will encourage friends or relatives to take part in. Exercise and social activity all boost mental wellbeing.  Why not ask someone you hardly know to join you for a walk round the park?
  3. Spend a journey home with someone you are close with.  Switch off the tech and talk to them instead, about anything.  A conversation on the way back from work or commuting can help make a big difference.
  4. Giving to others? No matter how big or how small the gift is, it can put a smile on someone’s face, which in turn makes you feel good about yourself too.  How about sharing some lunch or have nibbles with someone? A positive move for everyone.
  5. Encouraging someone to learn a new skill? It could be cooking or learning a hobby. Either way, it can go along way to improve mental wellbeing.



So on February 5, make sure you take just five minutes to talk to someone you know and help pave the way forward for a change of mind and perceptions of mental health. It’s time to talk!


For more information on the Time to Change campaign, visit the website here http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday


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