Cardiff School of Sport recently supported Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, by being involved in the national Time to Talk Day that was held on Thursday 4th of February. Cardiff School of Sport staff and students used the day to talk about mental health in order to help end stigma on campus and within university sport.
CSS staff members and students were encouraged to make contact with one of the trained MHFAiders using the School's MHFA Directory. The school now has a strong community of Mental Health First Aid Staff trained to reach out to students and colleagues and they were available on the day to meet colleagues / students for a chat (coffee / walk) and provide non-judgemental listening and reassurance. Importantly they were also able to sign post to the appropriate University student / staff mental wellbeing services. Academic staff also highlighted this initiative by spending the first 5 minutes of their lectures talking about mental health and wellbeing within sport.
Dr Mikel Mellick, Lead on Mental Health and Wellbeing for the Cardiff School of Sport said: "Time to Talk Day offered a great opportunity to show that we are committed to ending the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health. This day further helped build on the school's already very successful Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum. Running throughout the Academic year, the forum promotes applied mental health research, discusses current issues affecting students and promotes within the school that talking about mental health doesn't need to be difficult and that all in the school can play a part in getting the conversation started."
Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, said: "So many lives have been blighted by the stigma that surrounds mental health, and lives have been lost because people don't feel they can talk about their mental health problems and are afraid of getting help. We know that talking openly about mental health can make a real difference…"
Cardiff School of Sport is committed to ensuing a culture that helps to end stigma on campus and within university sport around mental health and wellbeing issues.
For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday
For more information please contact Dr Mikel Mellick, Cardiff School of Sport by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to Change
Time to Change is a programme focused on ending the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
For more information go to www.time-to-change.org.uk