Keep Talking About Mental Health
Monday, February 4th, 2019 | Blog
Time to Talk Day is all about making sure that we’re talking about mental health. Time to Talk Day 2019 is on February 7th and it is about looking at what it takes to start a conversation about mental health. it is easier than you think to talk to somebody you know about how they are feeling and Time to Talk Day encourages this conversation. Whether its spending time walking with a friend, chatting over tea and cake or a quick chat on the phone, it can all make a big difference to how someone is feeling and make their day that little bit brighter.
According to Time-to-Change, one in four of us are affected by mental health problems. The shame and silence can be as bad as the problem itself. People often think that they couldn’t possibly do anything to help someone who is experiencing a mental health problem. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you think that something may be wrong, you can listen to someone and not judge, you can check in with your friend to make sure everything’s okay and make sure you treat them the same as you always have. The more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us!
Time to Talk Day has come about as conversation has the power to change lives. Many people who have difficulties with their mental health are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Conversations can break down barriers and helps to give everyone the opportunity to talk openly about mental health.
It’s a common myth that people think you can never recover from a mental health problem. It is with you in some way, but many people who do have problems with their mental health still work, have families and live their lives to the fullest! You may not think that somebody you know is having difficulties with their mental health, but people will often try and hide it due to the shame and stigma attached. In actual fact, somebody you know right now will be struggling with their mental health.
There are lots of ways that you can talk about mental health, what will go into your conversation?
You can get involved with Time to Talk Day 2019 here: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/timetotalkday2019. Get involved and help break the stigma once and for all!