*Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet too many people are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless because of this. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
Mental Health Awareness – What is Mental Health and why is it so important to talk about Mental Health?
As per the World Health Organization, One Million people commit suicide every year. Believe it or not, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death globally.
Mental health is often misunderstood. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well being. It can affect how we think, feel, and act.
It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make our own choices.
We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. At some point throughout life, every single person would have suffered some kind of mental health struggle.
Time To Talk:
Today is Time to Talk Day, it’s an awareness day coordinated by Time to Change, an organisation which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health problems.
Time To Talk Day is a chance to take a breath and open up about the topic of mental health without feeling ashamed.
Struggling with mental health issues does not make you a weak person, its not a case of ‘but that person deals with this and they seem fine, so why cant I deal with it.’
We are all, often fighting battles no body knows about and so often, those battles are with ourselves and our own minds.
Talking about your feelings is not an easy thing to do, so having a day dedicated to inspiring others to talk is just what is needed to help people open up.
I asked a few bloggers if they had any tips about helping a friend of family member open up about their mental health and talk about their feelings, and this is what they said:
Kate – Invite them round for a cup of tea or a play date if they’re restricted on childcare.
I found opening up myself first removed any barriers.
Emma – I would let them know my own struggles, how it can affect anybody and that talking, especially to a counsellor can really work.
Raimonda – I would invite my friend for a walk in nature. I would try to listen to them and so if they want, they can talk to me and open up or we can just hang out and hopefully next time they would feel like opening up more as you can’t rush these things.
Jess – When my friend was going through a bit of a rubbish time I filled a gift bag with goodies, nothing to expensive things like her favourite magazine, a face mask, a bar of chocolate etc…
I then left it on her doorstep and sent a text to say “take some time for you, I’m here if and when you want to talk”. She loved it and it opened up the conversation about what she was feeling inside.
Claire – I’ve got a friend going through severe anxiety at the moment and she’s not in a place to meet for a coffee. I send a message every few days to say hi and that there’s no pressure to respond.
Some days she can message back and other days not but she says it helps knowing I’m there and not having to put on a brave face.