Our volunteers and staff enjoyed a training session delivered by Time To Change on Tuesday, which gave us the chance to develop our Social Contact skills.
Darren, North West Community Equalitites Coordinator for Time to Change, and Phil who is a Time To Change Mental Health Champion, led the session which helps to increase skills, knowledge and confidence when opening up conversations with the public.
Time to Change are a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.
The session covered different sections, including: starting conversations, challenging stigma and stereotypes, revealing your own story, ending conversations, and mutual support and feedback amongst your team.
This was fun, accessible and an open space in which we were able to share our experiences and tips for when we’re out and about engaging with the public.
Our volunteers and staff who attended now feel more confident and prepared for attending information events and talking to the public about mental health, and would like to say a big thanks to Darren and Phil for delivering this training to us.
This training was useful preparation for Time To Talk Day on 2nd February, when we will have an information stand at Stockport Train Station, in addition to all future events that we attend.
If you want to find out more about the Time To Change campaign, the video on this blog would be a good place to start. On the video, Darren talks about his role coordinating Time to Change mental health champions in the region, which also includes details of what the champions like Phil do.
You can find out even more about champions here, and sign up to become one to campaign about mental health in your community.