It's time to talk about mental health

Talking about mental health isn’t easy, but it can help change lives.

That’s why we’re supporting ‘Time to Talk’ Day – a day for us all to support each other and help normalise talking about our mental health. 

Why talk? 

We all have mental health – fact. Like physical health, mental health can get better, and it can get worse.  

Sometimes it isn’t easy to open up or explain how you’re feeling. We get it. But talking openly and honestly can be the first step towards better mental health. Talking can help a lot when it comes to helping you process your feelings. It might feel like a weight has been lifted from your chest just by speaking up, and it can also show others that it’s okay to talk about it. 

This is particularly important when you’re at University. It can be such an exciting time, but it also comes with challenges, and we want to make sure that you have the support you need to thrive and enjoy your student experience at UoB. Check out some of our tips on starting a conversation in this news story

By sharing, you might just feel that little bit less stressed, worried, or anxious. Why not grab a coffee with your mate before a lecture, or facetime a family member back home? There’s no right or wrong way to go about talking how you’re feeling. 

And remember, listening is just as important as talking. If you think a mate isn’t quite themselves, ask how they’re really feeling. Try to be non-judgemental and listen, spend time with them and ask how you can help. The mental health charity ‘Shout’ suggests talking to a friend or loved one while doing an activity, like cooking or kicking a ball around, to lighten the conversation and take the pressure off.  

Support at UoB 

Sometimes, reaching out beyond your close friends and family can make a difference. No matter what you're feeling, we're here for you at Birmingham. 

We'd like to take this opportunity to encourage you to reach out to one of our many services available, including our 24/7 confidential support line UBHeard, or talk to one of your College’s trained and friendly Wellbeing Officer(s)

Feel free to drop-in to the Mermaid Bar at the Guild of Students every Wednesday from 8:00am to 10:00am for support and advice from a Guild Advisor. You can also enjoy a continental-style breakfast while you're there. All students are welcome.

You can also find a safe and confidential space to openly speak about how you’re feeling by registering with our experienced Mental Health and Wellbeing Team. You don’t need a mental health diagnosis in order to access the service. 

For a full list of support available, visit our Time to Talk? intranet page.  

LGBTQ+ History Month 

This month, it’s also LGBTQ+ History Month. Our priority is to ensure our LGBTQ+ student community feels safe and supported throughout their time at UoB. 

Take advantage of regular drop-in wellbeing sessions run by The Birmingham LGBT Centre where you can check-in or simply talk about what’s on your mind, alongside confidential sexual health advice and testing on campus running on Monday 19 February. Learn more

Hear from our students 

Sometimes, you just need to hear from other students who might be in the same boat as you or are experiencing the same thoughts and feelings. That’s why we’ve asked some of our Student Content Shapers, Gracie, Sharon and Alex to share their experiences and advice about prioritising your mental health while at University. 

  • Gracie explains that it's okay not to feel okay, especially if you're dealing with loneliness and mental health challenges. She shares how she sought support whilst at University. Read her blog.
  • Sharon, a Master's student from Ghana, opens up about her mental health journey and reaching out for help from the support services at UoB. Take a read.
  • Men's mental health is just as important. Alex shares why it's important to speak up, and the different ways you can take care of your mental health at UoB. Read his blog.


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