Friday Focus – Time to Talk Day

On the 4th of February we took part in Time to Talk Day exploring the power of small to help break the taboo around mental health.

For those who don’t know, Time to Talk Day was launched in 2014 and is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health. It is led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

If you missed our Time to Talk Day, you can catch up on on our YouTube Channel.

Our day started with Reading Friends with Sage House’s Cassie and Reece. Reading friends is a fantastic reminiscence activity, where a piece of literature is read aloud, alongside the use of other materials to stimulate conversation and memories about the subject chosen. Reece and Cassie decided to theme their poems around food.

This week has also been National Storytelling week and we’ve shared videos of readings from “In the Garden and other Children’s Poems” by Ann Copeland, which you can find on our Youtube Channel. If you’ve enjoyed the readings, you can order your own copy of the book here.

Next up was our live Chatter Table over Zoom with our Wayfinders, Jacquie and Louisa. The chatter table was, at times, very raw as carers talked about the impact COVID-19 has had on them.

Paul Cushway from Smooth Moves then joined us to combine strength and flexibility in a yoga class suitable for all abilities.

After a quick break for lunch, we kicked off the afternoon with Sports Talk, discussing every sport imaginable and giving attendees the chance to become the sport pundit they’ve always wanted to be.

We then took part in Google Reminiscence. We were recalling different memories of our childhoods, holidays and the exciting and unusual food we got the chance to try.

Our Time to Talk Day came to a close with a bang with Dawn Gracie and her amazing new volunteer, Amy (Sage House’s Activity Coordinator) for a live vintage music quiz.

When the activities for the day were done, Sage House staff took the time to sit down and have a very candid chat all about how they cope when things get tough mentally, their jobs and how they have been effected by the past year. You can watch the vlog they made here.

We also want to take the time to thank the staff at Sage House for putting together such a great day in so little time when lockdown restrictions meant that the two day event that had being carefully planning had to be drastically changed.

Just because Time to Talk Day is over for another day year doesn’t mean we have stop talking about mental health. Conversations little and often hold a great deal of power to improve our mental health and to break the taboo around it. Maybe tomorrow you can take ten minutes out your day to make a cup of tea and call a friend, just to check in with them.