Time to Talk Day is an opportunity for everyone to talk, learn and be more open about mental health
Wherever you are, talk about mental health on February 1st 2018
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year and someone you know could have a mental health problem right now – but they don’t know how to tell you or talk about it!
Often it is the shame and silence of having a mental health problem that can be just as bad as the actual problem. People with mental health problem often feel isolated and worthless and need someone like you to help them talk about it and realise they’re not alone and they don’t need to suffer in silence.
Your attitude, listening ear and support could change someone’s life. Listening and talking about mental health will help you to feel more comfortable and confident about it and realise it’s good to talk.
Mental health problems can include (but are not limited to…)
· Anxiety and panic attacks
· Eating disorders
· Obsessive-compulsive disorders
· Personality disorders
· Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
· Suicidal feelings
Is there a right or wrong place to talk about mental health?
No! The more we talk about mental health the better it is for everyone! Talk to someone during lunch, in the toilet or wherever you are!
It’s easy to talk – start by telling someone what you do to relax, thanking someone for something they have done for you, or sharing what makes you smile
Here are some tips for conversation starters:
· Text or call a friend to ask ‘how are you?’ especially if you haven’t spoken in a while
· Go for a walk with a colleague or friend and ask how they are
· Make someone a cup of tea and have a chat
· Ask what someone else does to relax
· Share with someone the things that make you happy
· Turn to the person next to you at lunchtime and ask them how their day is going
Mental health doesn’t need to be a taboo subject. People feel like it is something that can only be discussed in secret without anyone knowing, yet with each conversation or each ‘how are things?’ said to a colleague it makes mental health a normal subject and something that is OK to talk about. Far too often mental health is avoided and the individual suffering is left feeling isolated and without anyone to talk to about what they are going through. Mental health affects everyone and we should feel that we can talk about it – anywhere and everywhere!
This Time to Talk Day 2018 spread the word, get talking and start changing lives!
And remember, “A problem shared is a problem halved!”
Resources and materials to be used in the workplace, at schools or even just at home can all be downloaded from the Time to Change website. This include posters, postcards, tips, social media graphics and more.