For Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4th February, we’re encouraging everyone to talk about mental health.
Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work. However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it. The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem. The theme this year is The Power Of Small – a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference, and it’s something we can all do.
By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.
As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we are supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 4 February – a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health. Time to Talk Day is run in Scotland by See Me to help spread the word that you can talk about mental health anywhere – including at work. See Me is Scotland’s national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
With everything going on in the world, Time to Talk Day will be a little different to previous years. Whether you’re together in person or having conversations remotely, there are resources available to use. Attached, is the Time to Talk Day Employer’s Pack, Communities Pack and School’s Pack – all filled with ideas of activities you can run on the day (including Pass the badge, Mental health bingo, Pledge wall), materials to print or use online, social media messages, e-mail signature graphic, backgrounds for use on MS Teams and signposts to support (remember that your Time to Talk Day activities must comply with government guidance and your organisation’s Covid-19 policies). You can help to spread the Time to Talk message further by using the hashtags #TimeToTalkLanarkshire #StigmaFreeLanarkshire when promoting any of your activities and social media messages online. Please click the following link for info on how to use the Time to Talk MS Teams background attached to this e-mail (you will need to save the background to your Desktop or Files first): Change your background for a Teams meeting - Office Support (microsoft.com)
Please find information pack downloads below.
• NHS Lanarkshire - List of useful Community Resources during Covid-19, compiled by NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services and NHS Lanarkshire Health Improvement (Document attached).
• SilverCloud computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy platform – wellbeing self-referral programmes for stress, Covid19, Sleep and Resilience. For more information visit https://www.lanarkshiremindmatters.scot.nhs.uk/silvercloud-online-therapy/
• Lanarkshire Mind Matters – The new website run by NHS Lanarkshire Adult Psychology Services aiming to link adults aged 18 and over to mental health information, advice and help www.lanarkshiremindmatters.scot.nhs.uk
• Feeling Good App & Teen’s endorsed by doctors, nurses. Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset. To gain full access there are specific login details; for adult version use the login Username: wellgood, and Password: positive and for the teen version, Username: wellscot and Password: wellscot
• Clear Your Head – The Scottish Government’s mental health campaign to help people cope during the Covid-19 pandemic www.clearyourhead.scot
• See Me – Scotland’s programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination www.seemescotland.org
• NHS Inform – Scotland’s national health information service www.nhsinform.scot
• Scotland’s Service Directory – Details of all NHS health services across Scotland. A source of reliable quality assured information www.nhsinform.scot
• National mental wellbeing support line for the health and social care workforce - Compassionate listening service which you can access whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 0800 111 4191. Operated by NHS 24, your call will be responded to by a trained psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) who will provide you with a range of support including some of the resources available through the national wellbeing hub. If needed, and only with your consent, the PWP can also refer you on to your local staff support service for further support.
• National wellbeing hub - Online resources to support you, colleagues, employees or friends and family working in health and social care, including third-sector organisations, are at the national wellbeing hub www.promis.scot. Links to professional bodies, trades unions and community groups offering a wide range of support around stress, money worries, workplace anxieties and home, health, and family concerns. There are also some free apps to support you and information on access to a free, confidential, individual, coaching session.