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Time to Talk day in the Workplace

Date: 6 Jan 2016

Take part at work


The Time to Talk Day workplace pack includes tips cards and postcards to help promote mental health at work, as well as posters, and our special tea bags and coasters so you can chat over a tea break.

As well as everything you need for having your conversation in the workplace, we have a communications and activities pack to help you maximise your communication channels to boost the time to talk message, promote your participation on the day and in advance, and suggested activities on how to challenge stigma.

For example:

  1. Organise a desk drop.
  2. Put mental health on the agenda.  Talk to your colleagues about mental health and wellbeing.  Open up the conversation in team meetings.
  3. Show your support by changing your desktop backgroundemail banner, and twibbon.
  4. Run a lunch and learn session by watching a Time to Change workplace workshop film or test your colleagues mental health awareness by running a quiz.
  5. Worried about a colleague?  Send a colleague an e-card to let them know you are thinking of them.

Time to Talk Day is also an ideal opportunity to signal your commitment to the issue externally, use our slides to promote the time to talk message on screens to reach customers.  In addition, add your organisation's logo to our social media digital assets and post them online.

Your pack includes:

  • ‘Time to Talk Day is coming’ poster
  • Postcards
  • Tips cards
  • Double coasters
  • Teabags

You can also visit the downloads page for printable posters and bunting, as well as screensavers and email banners to encourage more people across your organisation to take part in the day.

​Remember you can always visit the downloads page if you need extra resources.

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

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