Time To Talk Day – How Did It Go?

Promotion of good mental health is something that is very important to me. The promotion of self care and signposting to appropriate services is something that in my opinion makes a massive difference to anyone suffering with mental health issues. I spoke about Time To Talk Day in my last post and about how I was planning to promote the cause in my workplace – on my day off no less!

I put together little self care bags. Here’s what they looked like in the end…

The contents were a veritable delight of self care. Each one contained two sticks of Beanies Flavour Coffee in a combination of flavours. Available flavours included Creamy Caramel, Mint Chocolate, Very Vanilla and Cinnamon Hazelnut from a choice of ten flavours. I also put in there a treat size pack of either Oreos, Party Rings or Iced Gems and a fruit tea bag in an individual envelope. Some had Time to Talk games in there. Others had flyers or postcards talking about Time to Talk Day and how any time is a good time for conversation. Finally, my unicorn went on the front with a message…

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Between us, Amy and I made sixty of these little bags of self care. All of the bits were placed together in a gift bag and tied with a pink ribbon. It took a good few hours of Amy and I folding and tying and such, while Eden stole the occasional biscuit.

February 1st rolled around and Eden and I headed into the hospital where I work. Eden had decided that she wanted to wear her Doc Mcstuffins outfit, which was perfect for the occasion if you ask me! I worried about what our reception would be like and whether people would think it was a really stupid idea, but it was quite the opposite. Don’t get me wrong, a couple of people did give us the side eye, but it really was a tiny minority. Most people welcomed the packs and the message behind them with open arms, and Eden very much enjoyed handing them out.

Did we achieve what we set out to achieve? Absolutely! People loved their little packs of self care and it did serve as a great reminder of the importance of taking time out in a busy shift. It also got people talking; whether that was about swapping coffee flavours or about mental health, conversation is conversation. We also raised a smile with Eden being Eden and it got me started on the journey of teaching Eden about the importance of good mental health.

All in all, a success! I was also forwarded a lovely email from one of the midwives who was on shift that day. It’s good to be appreciated 🙂

So, what’s next? Well, Mental Health Awareness Week is from May 14th to May 20th. I want to do it all over! I’m going to be seeking assistance from some brands to do this, and I’m hoping that they will help in my quest. The only issue I had this time was that we ran out of bags! We made sixty this time and next time I would like it to be more like two hundred, so that I can get around every member of staff on shift on our busy maternity dept. I had to miss a couple of wards out this time, which was a shame.

Watch this space! I feel like I’m starting a self care revolution…

 

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