Cardiff School of Sport is supporting Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, by getting involved in the national Time to Talk Day and taking 5 minutes on Thursday 5th February to have a conversation about mental health.
The School of Sport will join hundreds of other schools, universities, organisations and members of the public on Time to Talk Day to break the silence that surrounds mental health.
Activity planned for the day by the School of Sport will include asking lecturers to spend the first 5 minutes of their lectures talking about mental health, offering students and staff the opportunity to engage one-on-one in a conversation about mental health issues and providing a group workshop session raising awareness about the mental health needs of students. Right now 1 in 6 people are dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. Time to Talk Day allows individuals and organisations to come together to show that it really is time to talk about mental health, breaking the stigma surrounding it.
Dr Mikel Mellick, Senior Lecturer in Applied Sport Psychology, from Cardiff School of Sport said: "Time to Talk Day offers a great opportunity to show that we are committed to ending the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health. Our activity will show that talking about mental health doesn't need to be difficult and we can all 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 so we are asking people to do just that and dedicate just 5 minutes on the 5th February. This will be our second Time to Talk Day, and this year we are asking people to break the silence that stigma creates by joining our 24 hour talking marathon. Mental health is relevant to every family, workplace, school, sports group, place of worship, social club or community group, so let's get talking…"
For information about Time to Talk Day and how you can get involved please visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday or contact Dr Mikel Mellick, Cardiff School of Sport: 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