Choosing to talk about mental health can help change lives
Around one in four people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.
Talking about one's feelings and mental health in general can be difficult for many people. That's why Time To Talk Day has been created, to help destigmatise mental health and get people talking about how they feel.
Ways to get the conversation going
- Ask questions and listen - this can give the person space to express their feelings and help you understand what they are going through.
- Think about the time & place - sometimes a conversation can be best when it's not face to face.
- Don't try & fix it: don't urge quick fixes. Some mental health problems take a long time to develop and won't be fixed in a moment.
- Treat them the same: just because a person shares their mental health issue with them, you don't have to treat them any differently. They are still the same person they were before they told you.
- Be patient: change takes time.
And there are lots of things you can do to support them even if you’re not talking:
- Doing things together
- Sending a text to let them know you’re thinking of them
- Offering to help with day-to-day tasks
- Find out about more ways here.