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Time to Talk Day 2018 at George Banco

Earlier this month the staff here at George Banco took part in Time to Talk Day 2018, a national campaign organised by the Time to Change movement in an effort to end mental health discrimination.

The aim of the campaign is to bring people together and encourages everyone to start talking about their experiences with mental health, and or any concerns they currently have that might affect their personal mental health.

Groups get together at the workplace, school, home or indeed anywhere will do. There are even online forums for those that are housebound.

The George Banco team decided to get together during their breaks to write down their thoughts about their roles within the company and their personal situations in order to help others, perhaps to see a perspective they hadn’t considered previously. It also helped in our situation to bond and understand each other a little bit better than we did before.

Cakes and hot chocolate were taken round to peoples desks to give everyone a little ‘pick me up’ which went down well.

The last activity we did was to put a Stress Box on the kitchen table in the break room for staff to anonymously write down and post their stresses in. We found it a great way to get honest feedback from our staff which then allows us to address issues that may have been building up without us knowing until it was too late.

The George Banco team has taken part in the campaign now for the third year running and we will continue doing so as we believe it’s a fantastic cause. We also believe it truly helps our team become stronger together.

Sarah Davies, George Banco Compliance Team Leader commented,

“The whole team got involved with time to talk day where they were encouraged to discuss any issues that they may have. They were all treated us to a hot chocolate in the afternoon which was well received.”

Time to Change is run by the charities Mind and ReThink Metal Illness, and it is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. This year for the first time, Time To Talk Day went UK-wide thanks to support from its sister campaigns; Time To Change Wales, SeeMe Scotland and Change Your Mind Northern Ireland.

If you would like to find out more about the great work the Time to Change campaign is doing then visit the website for more information. https://www.time-to-change.org.uk

You can also visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/timetochange/

And their Twitter profile can be found here – https://twitter.com/TimetoChange