How to talk about mental wellbeing on Time to Talk Day

Last updated: 13 January, 2022

Supportive communities that talk and listen help people to feel: 

  • connected to others and feel good in themselves 

  • seen and heard  

  • comfortable asking for help when they need it 

Time to Talk Day on 3 February 

It can be difficult to talk about mental wellbeing. 

That’s why, Co-op is partnering with mental health organisations to spark the UK’s biggest conversation about mental health. 

Everyone can take part. Organise an activity that brings your community together to talk, listen and change lives. 

1Plan your activity

You can do anything that will encourage people to talk.

Try these activity ideas: 

  • origami

  • bingo

  • true or false quiz

  • coffee and chat  

  • walk and talk in the park 

People might not want to talk about how they’re feeling. Instead, try general, light-hearted topics of conversation. Is there a celebrity you admire for speaking up about mental health? You could chat about that. 

Here are more ideas to get your community talking.

2Find a place to chat

You could meet outdoors or indoors at places like: 

  • community centres 

  • parks, gardens and allotments  

  • libraries  

  • churches and halls  

  • gyms, leisure centres and sports clubs  

  • theatres  

  • cafes  

  • scout huts and youth clubs 

For more advice, read our guide about how to look for a venue.  

Or organise an online activity by reading how to set up an online activity.

3Invite people to your activity

You can promote your activity for free on Co-operate. 

Plus, you’ll receive a free kit if you’re one of the first 40 people to add an activity.

The kit includes:

  • mugs 

  • coffee, tea and sugar 

  • paper napkins and plates  

  • Co-op food voucher 

  • conversation starters

To claim your kit: 

  1. add your activity before 23 January 2022. Include Time to Talk Day in the name. 

  2. email co-operate@coop.co.uk with a link to your activity page and delivery address. This must be a residential address.  

  3. we’ll reply to your email to let you know if you can get a kit. Then, post it to you for free. 

When you add your activity, we’ll publish your page on our website straight away. 

Anyone who’s interested can book a place. We’ll let you know who’s coming. 

For examples of what your activity page could look like, visit Knit and Knatter, Weekly Tea, Coffee and Bickies Chat and Friday Social Group.

4Download your resource pack

We’ve created branded Time to Talk Day resources for you to print or share online.  

Posters  

Coffee 

Fridge 

Run 

Phone 

Scrabble 

Toast 

Tips for talking about mental health 

Decorations 

Bunting 

Conversation games 

Origami conversation starter 

Bingo 

True or false quiz 

Social media images 

Join the conversation by including this hashtag in your post: #TimeToTalk 

Coffee

Fridge

Note

Phone

Run

Scrabble

Toast

Other digital resources

Email banner 

Meeting background for video calls

5Continue the conversation

Regular chats are important for other people’s mental health and your own. So, keep up the conversation after 3 February.  

Meeting new people, learning a new skill and volunteering are other ways to improve mental wellbeing

We’ve also put together tips about how to look after your mental wellbeing.

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We'd love to share your story on our website to encourage other people to get or offer support.

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