to Talk Day

Thursday February 7, 2019

A cup of tea and a piece of cake at break time today in the Dining Hall proved that at Concord it was definitely a day to talk! As part of the national campaign in the UK Time to Change aiming to tackle issue surrounding mental health, Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people can be afraid to talk about it. This year, Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. At Concord, Miss Caroline Desvaux Head of PSHE decided that a bake sale for charity and conversations over tea and cake would get Concord talking and challenging mental health stigma. Said Miss Desvaux: “ Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work. “As part of our ongoing commitment to being open about mental health, we are supporting ‘Time to Talk Day’. This a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health. “At Concord this will take the form of a special tutorial session on Mental Health, resources will be provided, a bake sale at break and a Mindfulness session for staff at lunch time. “The bake sale will be an opportunity for our students and staff to buy a cake, with the proceeds going to Shropshire Mind, whilst also picking up a ‘conversation-starter’ card to discuss with others. “We want everyone who works here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it. As a school we are fortunate to offer our students the services of Merulae. There is also a telephone support line that staff can access. Mental health lessons are also currently being delivered in the 6.2 PSHE programme.”