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It’s Time to Talk

With Time to Talk Day 2021 on 4th February, it’s time to talk about talking! One in four of us lives with a mental health problem, yet not everyone feels they are able to talk about it, often feeling ashamed, worthless or isolated. Yet, research shows that talking is a proven way of kickstarting mental health wellness; but where to begin?

The more we talk, the better the feel, according to science; allowing us to break down barriers and stereotypes while improving relationships, helping recovery and eliminating the stigma associated with mental health problems. Talking can be just as effective as medication in many cases, improving the quality of life for people with both mental health problems and those who are more prone to depression due to physical illnesses, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, stroke and chronic lower back pain.

Many people don’t feel as though they can talk to family, and colleagues and employers may feel unapproachable, depending on your workplace structure. A good place to start is by talking to a friend. Friendships can be some of the most valuable relationships we have, and it could feel a little easier to open a conversation about mental health with a friend rather than a family member. It doesn’t matter where you start; once you start talking, it will then be easier to start conversations with other people in your life, including family members, colleagues and employers. It may feel counter-intuitive to contact a friend when you are feeling low – it is often at this time that we feel more inclined to be alone. However, it is important to try to avoid becoming isolated and by picking up the phone and contacting a friend, you are taking the first step towards helping yourself.

Time to Talk Day focuses on getting everyone talking about mental health; opening conversations in education, workplaces, within families, and amongst peer groups – a small conversation has the power to make a big difference.

Read more about Time to Talk Day here

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