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Time to Talk Day | 3rd February 2022

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Time to Talk Day – we are here for you

Time to Talk Day is a national campaign by the mental health charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, taking place on Thursday 3 February 2022. The day is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health, by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.

The wellbeing of our health and care workers is hugely important to us.

We know that COVID-19 has caused staff to face a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety and pressure, particularly as many will have had to carry the emotional load for themselves, their families and those they care for. But, we also know that even without the pandemic, the pressure on the NHS can, at times, be overwhelming.

Emotional and psychological wellbeing is extremely important and we are determined to do all we can to support every single member of staff.

If you feel that you need to reach out for more support, then our Lincolnshire Staff Wellbeing Hub, continues to be available for all health and care staff across Lincolnshire.

We provide a ‘Time to Talk’ space for all Lincolnshire health and social care staff

We are here Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

📱 01522 518609

📧 lpft.staffwell-being@nhs.net

🌐 www.lpft.nhs.uk/LincsStayingWell

Why is it important to talk?

One in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem. It is nothing to be ashamed of.

We want everyone to feel comfortable talking about their mental health. Talking about mental health reduces stigma, helping to create supportive communities where we can talk openly about how we are feeling and feel empowered to seek help when we need it.

Opening up the conversation about mental health can support ourselves and others. However you do it, have a conversation about how you are feeling with someone today.

Top tips

Ask questions and listen

Asking questions can give the person space to express how they’re feeling and what they’re going through, and will help you understand their experience better.

Think about the time and place

Sometimes it’s easier to talk side by side rather than face to face. So, if you do talk in person, you might want to chat while you are doing something else like going for a walk.

Don’t try and fix it

It can be hard to see someone you care about having a difficult time but try to resist the urge to offer quick fixes to what they’re going through. Just talking can be really powerful, so unless they’ve asked for advice directly, it might be best just to listen.

Treat them the same

When someone is struggling with their mental health, they’re still the same personas they were before. They don’t want to be treated any differently. If you want to support them, keep it simple. Do the things you’d normally do.

Be patient

No matter how hard you try, some people might not be ready to talk about what they’re going through. That’s ok – the fact that you’ve tried to talk to them about it may make it easier for them to open up another time.

What other resources are available?

Time to Talk Day www.timetotalkday.co.uk
Mind www.mind.org.uk
Rethink www.rethink.org

We also want to draw your attention to our ‘Staff support and wellbeing‘ area on the intranet – this page contains information about supporting your wellbeing at work and the Staff Wellbeing Hub.