Local mental wellbeing campaigns
Time to Talk Day 2020
This year, organisations are teaming up across Swindon to promote the importance of talking and connecting with others.
What is Time to Talk Day?
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to, why not join the movement and support Time to Talk Day on Thursday, 6 February 2020.
How do I get involved?
Swindon Time to Change would like to encourage as many local people as possible to get involved with Time to Talk Day 2020 and there are a number of ways you can do this:
- Ask your friend or colleague or family member how they are, make time to check in on them
- Run a coffee morning or encourage your team at work to take a coffee break and have a chat
- Give out some of our conversation cards and posters, which can be found on the Time to Change resources page
- Run a quiz at work or for your friends and family. Look at the Time to Change quiz.
- Support the movement with the Time to Talk Day email signature which can be found on the Time to Change resources page
- If you or your organisation is on social media why not follow the movement on the Facebook page. If you run your own events and want to share them use the hashtag #swindontimetochange.
- If you want to take that one step further why not sign up to be a local champion for Swindon Time to Change?
Swindon, it is time to stand up to stigma, we all have mental health and we all need to look after it.
Swindon Pause for Mental Health
On Thursday, 10 October 2019, Swindon released its first Swindon Pause For Mental Health. It involved messages from some well known voices, to let everyone know that we all have mental health. We all need to look after it, whoever you are, whatever is happening. And it's okay to talk.
Our ambassadors are as follows:
Chaney (Theo Altieri)
I am 22- year- old artist and producer born and bred in Swindon. I write and produce my own music. I am often playing out live and DJing in and around the Swindon area. Music has been my passion ever since the age of seven or eight years old. I have always has been a part of a really solid hub with friendly and talented people in Swindon.
Mental Health has always been important. The nature of how society develops and changes so quickly (especially at the moment), it seems extra important to be aware of the issue and how it could be impacting the people around you. We don't have the ability to read minds, but we all have the ability to check in with the people close to us, and trying our best to use social media appropriately.
I present a daily morning programme on BBC Wiltshire, which covers topic like what's in the news, what our listeners want to talk about and what's happening locally. I love it, and I love the thought that I'm giving Swindon people space to share their thoughts with the rest of the county.
Mental health awareness is important. We, as individuals, parents, friends, family members, colleagues and citizens, should know how to support someone who is struggling and be that person to talk to.
Being open about how we're feeling is so important to make sense of complex, and at times, scary thoughts and feelings, which so many of us will experience. Being aware of mental ill health should also help us demand better support services for those who are suffering.
I am the owner of RUN Swindon in Old Town which has been established for 12 years now. I also help organise Swindon Half Marathon event, which brings communities together and connects people.
With a family member who has suffered from anxiety, I feel a very important part of mental health awareness is to help remove any stigma and misinformation. Being aware played a huge part in my daughter's anxiety, and enabled us as a family to become stronger and cope so much better.
Head Coach for Swindon Wildcats, who is passionate about his team and Swindon in general. Aaron has been asked to come on board to help us reach a new audience. He has become a true ambassador for Swindon.
Your Space for Head Space youth campaign - October 2019
Your Space for Head Space, our youth mental health awareness campaign, was run for the month of October, engaging 15 different partners across 5 different themes - Self Harm, Wellbeing, Youth Pride, Thriving and On the Street.
For more information, visit the Time to Change social media pages below:
Five ways to thrive in your community
Seven local community centres took a pledge to support the emotional wellbeing of local people from October 2018 to May 2019.
Working in partnership with Public Health Swindon, the community centres signed up to a six-month promotional campaign, 'Five ways to thrive in your community'. This looks to link the activities on offer at local community centres with the Public Health initiative 'the five ways to wellbeing'.
From October 2018 to May 2019 this network of community centres will look to promote activities on a monthly bases in line with the five ways to wellbeing - connect, give, be active, learn and take notice. The campaign officially launched in October 2018 and any community centre involved will display the '5 ways to thrive in your community' campaign artwork which has been designed and donated by local artist Mary Parsons.
Men's mental health
This is a local campaign, generated as a result of a public health concern for men's mental health, particularly linked to male suicide. Nationally, this is the biggest killer of men under 45 years, equating to 75% of suicides each year.
The stigma surrounding this topic means men are struggling to ask for help. Most who commit suicide had never reached out for support.
We wanted to help tackle this locally and involve local people in the discussion. Through a series of questionnaires and focus groups we spoke to local men, and some women. We asked them what they thought might help to reduce these stigmas and encourage more men to open up about things that cause them stress in their day to day lives.
It was very clear from this feedback that a change in culture was needed. Hence, further engagement with local people led to a campaign that was launched on Monday, 13 May 2019. The following resources are available: