Time to Talk

Five students talk openly about their experiences with mental health

We want to encourage you to have a conversation about mental health as part of Time to Talk day, taking place on Thursday the 1st of February 2018.

What does Mental Health mean to you?

  • Mental Health is like fitness, it’s part of everybody’s daily life, not something that just appears when a crisis happens. Mental health is as important as physical health and can have a large impact on my mood and work so being happy is really important to overall well being
  • Mental health means knowing that you can be happy or less happy about your life and knowing how to deal with that.  
  • Mental health is being at peace with myself and accepting who I am as a person.

What are your experiences of mental health from University?

  • Portsmouth University has allowed me to feel accepted and normal no matter what I am feeling. The range of support available makes me feel safe and secure, knowing someone is there to help should I ever need it. I have also made some amazing friends who are there to support me through all of my problems, academic or personal
  • As a student I go through periods of higher stress and anxiety which is normal. The University provides help for anyone that struggles with these issues. This makes me feel like I’m not alone and it's ok to get help.
  • I’ve used the Student Wellbeing Service at Uni for help with stress & anxiety and I’ve noticed an improvement during my time here. One of the things that has helped me most is joining groups & societies. It’s scary turning up to them for the first time, but they’re always really happy to have new members, and you settle in a little bit more each week.

What do you do to keep Mentally Healthy?

For me, walking along the seafront is the best way to relax and forget about university stress

  • Enjoy reading
  • I like to listen to music
  • Sometimes just by crying if I’m stressed as a release.
  • Spend more time to myself.
  • I try to keep my mental health a priority by reaching out to my friends, family and other types of support.
  • It is important to me to make sure I’m making the best out of my University years.

What do you ‘pledge’ to do for Time to Talk Day to end stigma?

  • Pledge to talk to family and friends more about the problems I may have let them know they can always talk and rely on me just as I can with them and that no time is a bad time to chat
  • For Time to Talk Day, I’m going to promote Time to Talk Day to my year group and hope to make Mental Health a slightly more normal thing to talk about, as well as highlighting the support available at Uni.
  • I pledge to make sure I’m as open minded as I can be and help people struggling.

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