Time to Talk Day - Speaking Out
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | Uncategorized
Speaking out or sharing feelings about your state of mental health may sound simple enough, but for many people it can be a real battle to be open with their emotions. For some, speaking out can be a sign of weakness, a moment of vulnerability they would rather avoid. For others, speaking out means relying on the help of others, and for many people the concept of burdening others is tougher than dealing with their own issues. Whatever your reasoning, speaking out is a life-changing decision which can start you on the road to change.
Opening up to others starts with recognising or simply accepting that you need help or support. Coming to this internal decision is not an easy one, and many people go for months, or even years before they acknowledge their mental health. The symptoms for mental health conditions can vary, but anything from tiredness through to stress, self-loathing and problems sleeping could indicate a problem. Check this NHS article below for symptoms and signs you should look out for.
Before you go self-diagnosing any mental health conditions though, you should consider contacting your local GP surgery who can talk to you about the types of feelings you are experiencing. Without a proper assessment, access to help and support will be limited, so it can be in your best interest to speak with a doctor who can not only diagnose you but point you in the right direction for support. Getting a diagnosis is a difficult first step, as it means admitting you need help, but it’s also the most important step as it signifies your move towards receiving support.
Don’t be afraid to ask others for help as well. A healthy support network around you can really make a huge difference to how you manage mental health difficulties. This is obviously much more difficult in the midst of a pandemic, but this doesn’t mean you can’t still open up to family and friends. There’s a wide selection of video call platforms available online such as Facetime, Zoom and Whatsapp, and while it’s not quite the same as physically spending time with people, it's still a great way to open up. Scheduling a weekly or daily call with family and friends can provide the perfect outlet for you to open up about how you're feeling.
Having support from a person or group to open up to about your day-to-day life can limit how much you internalise problems. If work life has got you stressed out, having an outlet to voice your thoughts can feel like a weight being shifted. This also gives you more time to think about the positive aspects of your life, and what makes you happy, rather than fretting about the negatives. Throughout this pandemic, many of us are spending far more time alone than ever before, which is why it should come as no surprise that Mental Health Charities like Mind reported that more people are in a mental health crisis than ever before and that the charity has seen a sharp increase in the number of calls.
Alongside primary healthcare service like your GP, there are also many other helplines and charities that you can turn to for help, and we have compiled a signpost sheet found in the link at the end of this article.
For the past year, Kare Plus has worked with Able Futures, a national mental health support specialist which works alongside organisations to provide free one-to-one support. Able Futures provides a vital lifeline for those with mental health difficulties, by providing free mental health support over the phone. Picking up the phone isn’t always easy, so we’re going to discuss some ways you can move towards opening up to others.
Kare Plus and Able Futures are committed to supporting Kare Plus staff across the UK who need support with their mental health. If you would like to learn more about Able Futures and other helping charities, please click the link below.