Time to Talk Day is a national initiative from Time to Change that aims to encourage everyone to take part in activities to support those with mental health problems. Suggested activities range from making a cup of tea to going for a walk with someone to find out how they are.
Narinder Dosanjh, ALS Mental Health Tutor for RuTC, led the campaign for the college on the day with an information stand outside the canteen. The aim of the stand was to catch the attention of staff and students and invite them to talk about mental health using friendly techniques found on the Time to Talk website. Narinder commented that the stand was aimed at “everybody and anybody” and it is important “to break down the barriers and stigma” surrounding mental health.
There are many facilities at Richmond upon Thames College for those wishing to discuss the topic of mental health, including the college’s Counselling team, Safeguarding team, Personal Tutors and the Additional Learning Support team.
Need some ideas on how to start the conversation? Visit the Time to Change website to download their guides.