What is 'mental fitness'?

Mental fitness is the quality of being well equipped to handle one's mental health. At Project:Talk we believe that talking about mental health is an important component of mental fitness. We also believe that an individual's relationship with their community and the community's relationship with the individual is key to peak mental fitness.

Where does PROJECT:TALK operate?

Project:Talk is a community interest company that has its base in Bristol. We are currently operating at the University of Bristol, with ambitious plans to set up Project:Talk societies in universities accross the UK. Find out more about how you can get involved with Walk To: Talk and Tools To: Talk.

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TOOLS TO: TALK provides a range of mental health training sessions designed designed to give participantsthe tools and confidence to have a life changing, and possibly lifesaving, conversation. They’re designed by those they’re designed to teach, with input and advice from mental health experts, those with livedexperience and other amazing people.

Who can sign up?

We welcome anyone to sign up for one of our courses. Our current packages are aimed at young people and university students, we are in the midst of developing courses for the wider community. Whether you are a university student, or just someone who is keen to know more, please get in touch. If you are keen to set up a PROJECT:TALK society in your university, please refer to OUR NETWORK page

What courses do you provide?

We have courses for medical students, university students, as well as community groups. We are also currently developing courses for businesses.

Where do courses take place?

Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 measures, we have plans to conduct our sessions both online and in person, depending on the arranged time. Our courses are best held face-to-face, with an open group setting for discussion.

How have the resources been developed?

Our content has been created using a mix of personal and shared experiences from the team, as well as valuable input from Psychiatrists, Mental Health professionals, and Off the Record, a mental health charity in the UK. We emphasize that there is no 'one size fits all' method, and encourage an individualized and personal approach.

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Where do WALK TO:TALK events take place?

Our walks are held within the very communities where we aim to start a conversation around mental health, typically consisting of a walk around the city. In May and September 2019, we held walks around Bristol, taking in many of its famous landmarks, with the purpose of starting a conversation on mental health for Bristol students and the wider community.

Who runs the WALK TO:TALK events?

Walk To: Talk events are run by committed teams of volunteers who are based within the communities where the walks take place. If you are interested in holding a Walk To: Talk event in your university city, please visit our Volunteer Now page.

How long are the walks?

Walk To: Talk events vary in their length and are dependent on the city that they take place in and the preferences of those who organise them. As a guide, our walk in Bristol in September 2019 was 8km long. However, we aim to make our events accessible to all levels of fitness and so we encourage everyone to join our events and contribute to the conversation on mental health and mental fitness.

What is required of volunteers?

Volunteers help to marshall the events and keep everyone safe, meaning they are an essential part of the Walk To: Talk team! a short training session is provided to volunteers ahead of events, so all that is required of volunteers is enthusiasm and the drive to participate in the conversation on mental health. Find out more about volunteering on our Volunteer Now page.

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How do I submit a blog?

If you are interested in submitting a blog, please email so we can help you get started.

How long do the blog posts have to be?

They can be as long or short as you like, whatever you feel is effective for getting your story out there!

Where is the blog posted?

Your blog post will be featured on our TIME TO:TALK Blog, this could also be shared on PROJECT:TALK social media as well as your own.

What content should be included in the post?

This is a platform for anyone and everyone to share their stories. However, whilst we fully support our guests and blog writers, views expressed in these many not necessarily represent those of PROJECT:TALK CIC, and we ask that content remains respectful towards all communities, and that authors refrain from insensitive or political language. In publishing your post you accept full responsibility for its content, and PROJECT:TALK CIC maintains the right to edit, remove content and/or blog posts at any time. It should not be used in place of medical advice.