"What is your favourite childhood memory of X?" or "What has been your favourite holiday to date are good questions that allow for people to share personal stories and experiences.

Type: group activity

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Activity instructions

Creating your own set of conversation cards can be a great way to get people talking about mental health anywhere. It could be around the dinner table, down the pub or at a public event.

For people to become better acquainted with each other, sharing personal experiences that might form bonds and comfort in being able to share their experiences of mental health.

You can buy them online (search in Google), or make your own to give the conversations a direction that will let you bring in your own experiences.

The concept is simple: you have cards with topics written on to start conversations. Your goal will be to start a general conversation and find a natural way of introducing mental health and your personal experiences.

Examples of cards

If you were given three wishes, what would they be?

‘World peace, happiness for my friends and family and a world without mental health stigma.’

What would be your superpower?

‘Invisibility, because I have social anxiety and find it hard to be around people sometimes.’

What’s your favourite film and why?

‘I love A Beautiful Mind because it portrays someone with a mental health problem as a genius, rather than a psychopath!’

You can be creative and use your own interest and hobbies to get people talking.