Thursday the 4th February 2021 is National Time to Talk Day. Time to Talk Day is one of the biggest days on the mental health calendar: It’s a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.

The Value in Talking About Mental Health

Unlike any previous year, Time to Talk Day, has the WorkInConfidence team thinking about the value of talking about mental health. With so many of the venues like offices, coffee shops, canteens, smoking areas and bars currently closed. And face to face contact limited to household members, essential shopping and the occasional deliveries. The excuse and the opportunity for casual conversation between friends and colleagues has been removed. Reducing exponentially the openings through which people who are really struggling can disclose how they feel to another person. 

Rather than accept this and knowing the value talking to someone provides. WorkInConfidence is doubling down on the issue, getting behind Time to Talk Day. We’re challenging every reader to think about mental health and to start a conversation with another person. Expressing how you feel or supporting someone else by asking they how they are? 

It’s OK, Not to Feel OK

If 2020 and 2021 has taught us anything, it is that mental health issues can affect anyone and “It’s okay, not to feel okay”

If you are a user of our Discussion Boards then, how about turning over one of the Forums to the topic of Mental Health for the day? Encourage people to share resources and advice. Should they wish to, and with the comfort of anonymity through the PULSE platform, they may wish to share personal feelings or tell someone them are struggling. 

All clients have access to our anonymous Discussion Boards so now could be a great opportunity to set up a virtual hub for the day and this can be done in just a few easy steps. If you want to give it a go but just don’t have the headspace to sort this right now? Simply get in touch and we will do it for you, all you have to do is get the conversation started.

If you’re not a WorkInconfidence user then there are plenty of other things you could do as part of National Time to Talk Day, here’s a few to get started:

  • Check in on someone
  • Start a conversation about mental health between colleagues
  • Contact someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Share a post or link to some resources on your social media 

Useful links

Here are some links to organisations or resources that might be useful to people struggling with mental health and wellbeing. As well as advice for organisations on how best to ensure wellbeing in the workplace.

For individuals

https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/2021/22-january-coronavirus-lockdown-how-to-help-someone-who-s-struggling-with-their-mental-health/

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/tackle-stigma-workplace/support-employees

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/working-through-shame/201907/when-its-okay-not-be-okay

For organisations

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/tackle-stigma-workplace/support-employers

https://content.workinconfidence.com/download/the-employer-of-choice-guide-to-promoting-employee-health-and-wellbeing

Protect: Anonymous Speak Up: A safe and secure way for your people to anonymously raise concerns via phone, tablet, or PC, ensuring you are aware of any workplace issues and can respond quickly and accordingly

Consolidated Case Management: A secure online place to record, track, update, and report on all speaking up matters, whether raised through WorkInConfidence or directly.

Surveys: Easily set up, run and interpret surveys on engagement, respect, wellness or other topics to ensure you always understand your people, their needs and motivations.

Discussion Boards: Demonstrate your commitment to collaboration with discussion boards to accelerate employee engagement and gain greater insights – anonymous if required.