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Today (6th February) is Time to Talk Day, an event that brings the nation together to break the silence and stigma surrounding mental health problems. According to the growing social movement and organisation ‘Time to Change’, one in four of us experience some sort of mental health difficulty, and often try to deal with it alone rather than seeking help and support. The theme this year is based on the game ‘Would you rather?’, with the ambition to reduce the awkwardness of discussing these issues and to help get mental health conversations flowing.

In order to help identify any mental health problems in schools, our IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA, boasts a wealth of safeguarding features. Unique to NetSupport DNA, a contextual intelligence-based Risk Index will automatically flag high-risk events and vulnerable students, based on sophisticated AI risk analysis . It assesses the context and history of a child’s activities on the school network – from the time of day, devices used and websites visited. A high-risk index could result if a child has repeatedly researched a safeguarding topic (e.g. suicide) out of hours, in an unmonitored setting such as the library. All monitoring and assessment of the alerts is performed locally, by the school, meaning no third-party services are required and all the data is secure.

Here are a few ideas on how you can get involved in Time to Talk Day and help make a difference:

  • Share and reply to the content posted by Time to Change on its social media platforms.
  • If comfortable, share your own experiences with mental health, such as through a blog – this can be a great way to change attitudes!
  • Share information on how to support someone, using either your own experience and knowledge or the information provided by Time to Change.
  • Use #TimeToTalk on social media to get involved in the conversation.


For more information on Time to Talk Day, click here.

To learn more about how NetSupport DNA can impact mental health awareness in your school, click here.