Time to Change launch ‘Ask Twice’ campaign
October 5, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
In an opinion piece in the Metro, Jo Loughran, director at mental health charity, Time to Change, urges people to ‘Ask Twice if they suspect a friend, family member or work colleague is struggling with their mental health.’
A national survey by Time to Change reveals that out of 2,000 people, 78% respond to ‘how are you?’ with ‘fine’ to friends and family, even if struggling with mental health issues. ‘Just because people ask how you are, doesn’t mean they really want to know,’ was the top concern of 54% of participants.
‘This means that someone close to you might be struggling with their mental health and they’re just waiting for your cue to talk about it,’ Loughran writes.
As part of the charities campaign, Time to Change has set up a guide for ‘asking twice,’ outlining 5 stepsthat people can follow if they are concerned about someone’s mental health.
Loughran writes: ‘The simple act of asking again – ‘are you really ok?’ – shows a genuine willingness to talk and listen.’
94% of students at the University of Bristol opted in to the new initiative that will allow staff to alert parents if their child is experiencing mental health problems.
The University of Bristol told HuffPost UK that almost all returning students have opted into the alerts. This follows 11 suspected suicides at the university over the last two years.
‘Campaigners and bereaved parents have argued that the system is one way vice-chancellors can immediately address growing concerns around student mental health.’
Professor Hugh Brady, the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bristol said the university is ‘implementing a university-wide approach to wellbeing,’ and is ‘delighted that 94% of all our students, both those new to Bristol and those returning, have signed up to this new policy.’
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