Jo, Wellbeing Practitioner and Counsellor and Tsvetina, Placement Student, from our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing team tell us more about the importance of getting people talking about mental health…
At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. How we act, talk and react can have a huge impact on somebody’s sense of self-worth and confidence. Cardiff University has teamed up with Time to Change, a growing movement of people working to change how we all think and act when it comes to mental health. Read this post for further details of Time to Talk Day and how the Wellbeing Champions (Student Volunteers) are getting involved.
1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.
Think about your group of friends, course mates and relatives. Some of them could easily be experiencing a mental health problem without you having any clue about it.
9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
Now imagine those same people suffering in silence because they are afraid of people’s reactions or they have had negative experiences in the past.
Nearly 3 in 4 young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
How would you feel if you knew that somebody you care for felt they couldn’t share their problems with you? Isn’t it frustrating to think that people experiencing problems may remain convinced that they can’t tell other people, because of the stigma surrounding mental health.
Conversations about mental health change lives.
As a result of stigma and discrimination, too many young people are not living life to their full potential. How we perceive ourselves as part of society can influence our motivation, ambitions and study.
Talking, talking, talking…
Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.
It is common for us to overcomplicate things in our own heads sometimes by, for example, going through lists of “things we should say” / “things we shouldn’t say”, which can often actually stop us from talking to someone at all.
Take a look at the Time to Change conversation starters for ideas about how to start talking to somebody about mental health.
Remember that everyone is different and it can sometimes take a while for somebody to open up; however, approaching a conversation with them in a friendly, non-judgemental manner, is likely to make this feel more possible.
Time to Talk Day, on Thursday 2 February, is all about giving us all the chance to talk and listen about mental health.
Join the Student Wellbeing Champions (Student Volunteers) on Thursday 2 February, 2pm-3.30pm, at Y Plas in the Students Union, to encourage everyone to get talking about mental health!
Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed.
Join our Student Working Group
Cardiff University is teamed up with Time to Change, a growing movement of people working to change how we all think and act when it comes to mental health.
We want any student with a mental health problem to be free of fear and to have equal opportunities in all areas of life. We want to end stigma and discrimination, and to encourage students to talk about their concerns to one another as part of a supportive University community.
We want to hear from you about your experiences and ideas about what needs to happen to end stigma on campus. If you would like to be part of the fight to end stigma, please join our Time to Change Student Working Group: a group of students which meets twice per semester, to discuss mental health stigma on campus and ways to reduce it, in order to initiate change.
For more information, or if you are interested in being part of this group, please email Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone’s attitude makes a difference. Your attitude makes a difference.
Contact us in Counselling, Health and Wellbeing
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.
We offer booked appointments via our online referral questionnaire, in which our friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgemental support in a safe and confidential space. We also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place; and Wednesday afternoons 3pm-3.45pm at Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus).
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website to view all of your GP options. The University also has its own GP Practice – Park Place Surgery for those in their catchment area.
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