On the 1st February Time to Change run a campaign called #timetotalk. Time to Talk Day is designed to help raise mental health awareness and encourage people to open up and start conversations about mental health.
If you would like to get involved with #timetotalk there is plenty you can do to help make a difference. There’s an abundance of free resources available online, that you can print or share on social media.
Sadly, there are still lots of people who suffer in silence, who are too ashamed or nervous to seek the help and support they need. Bottling up your problems only makes them worse, and isolation can lead to further mental health issues.
Talking about your mental health issues might seem like a really daunting task, the issues are often deeply personal and we still live in a society where stigma around mental health issues remains. In the last few months, the media has been stressing the importance of getting the conversation started and there has never been a time where the profile has been raised so much. Celebrities like Prince Harry, Lady Gaga, Ruby Wax and Adele have all been in the press talking openly about their own struggles and what has helped them.
Talking about mental health issues isn’t always easy, but the truth is we all have issues to some degree or another. The fact that we don’t talk about them doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Mental health issues don’t always disappear on their own, they need professional help and support. Starting the conversation about mental health is the first, and often most difficult, step to getting life back on track.
Often people don’t understand what’s happening to them and don’t admit that their mental health is suffering. Too many people simply ‘soldier on’, gradually making the illness worse. It’s the people we spend most of our time with that often recognise the signs and symptoms that something isn’t right. If someone asks you about your mental health and how your coping, it’s really important that you speak openly to them and try to explain what you’re going through. Even if you aren’t quite sure how to explain how you feel, just letting someone know that you’re not okay is an important first step in figuring out what’s wrong and finding a solution.
At some point in our lives, we all go through a difficult time in one way or another. By sharing our experiences and how we overcome them, we are encouraging more people to do the same.
#timetotalk Day is about *everyone* having conversations about mental health, so that people with mental health problems feel less ashamed and isolated.— Time to Change (@TimetoChange) February 1, 2018
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The more of us that join the conversation, the more acceptable it becomes to openly discuss mental health. By sharing your story and experiences, you’re not only helping yourself; you’re also letting other know that they are not alone.
If you don’t understand what your going through or why you’re feeling the way you do, there are free resources available online that could help give you a better understanding of your mental health.
These tests are designed to help you identify what you might be suffering from; the tests are indicators only and are not meant to replace a full assessment by a qualified clinician.
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Although it might feel like you’re alone and no one else will be able to understand what you’re going through, the fact is that there are far more people silently struggling mental health problems than you realise. With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health issue at some point in their lives, statistically you already know people that have, are and will go through something similar; and chances are they are keeping quiet also. By opening up about your own experiences, you might encourage others you know to do the same.
“Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year and no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences, together we can end the stigma.” (Source: Time to Change)
Time to Change are doing great work, sharing people’s stories and encouraging the rest of the world to join the conversation and end mental health discrimination. Become a part of the movement and find out more about #timetotalk:
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