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Celebrating Time to Talk Day around the Trust

time to talk day 18 coll pennAcross the Trust, staff and service users joined people all over the UK to mark Time to Talk Day on Thursday 1st December.  

At the Recovery College, a staff and student coffee morning was held. The team invited students and staff to meet others in a relaxed environment.  The event was well attended with great discussion around mental health. Students were also given the chance to find out more about the People’s Parliament after an informative discussion by Rosalind.  

Speaking on the event Kerry Wilkes, Recovery College Principal said: “The nature of our work means we discuss mental health every day, I wanted today to highlight that this can be done outside of the Recovery College and that even brief conversations with a variety of people can improve mood and mental health and reduce stigma.

“The tools provide by Time to Change were great for this, they enabled everyone to spread positivity and think about ways that they could keep the conversations going among their friends and family.”

In Wolverhampton, Penn Hospital Occupational Therapists helped to #endthestigma by holding an informative stall for staff and services users in Penn Reception. The stall gave passersby the chance to ask any questions they may have around mental health and write pledges suggesting ways they plane to help keep up the conversation around mental health.

Around 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem, with many people afraid to speak about their own experience. Time to Talk Day was an opportunity to break the silence and misconceptions that are associated with mental health.