Staff and student wellbeing and mental health is one of our top priorities as a College. We appreciate the pressures our staff and students are working under and the difficulties these create and continue to offer resources and support where we can. One of the very best support we can offer to one another is a quick chat - a small conversation has the power to make a big difference.
So .. we’re challenging everyone at Nottingham College to initiate at least one “non-work” conversation with a colleague on Time to talk day - Thursday 4th February! That may be taking the time to check in with people at the beginning of a meeting, it may be dropping an e-mail or making a Teams call to someone they haven’t spoken with in a while or it could be a virtual coffee and cuppa with their team or someone else. Simply asking “how are things?” and then waiting for the answer can be enough to get the conversation going.
We appreciate that It’s OK not to be OK and if staff or students are finding things tough at the moment then we’re here to help. We have resources on our Staff Wellbeing pages and details of professional support funded by the college through our Employee Assistance Helpline .
It is also OK to be OK! For some people, despite the restrictions imposed on our daily lives, or maybe because of them, life is OK. If that’s you don’t be embarrassed but please do offer support to others – just a smile or a catch up call can be all it takes to make a big difference to someone else’s day.
Our College Café programme allows our staff and students to stay in touch with others in similar situations. Our Carers’ Café will be marking Time to Talk Day when we next meet on 10th February. If staff or students are caring for a family or household member with a long term health condition or disability and would like to join us e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the Teams meeting link.