Time to Talk Day
The focus of today’s ‘Time to Talk Day’ is ‘The Power of Small’ and how a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference – on any day of the year.
Talking about mental health can sometimes feel awkward, but we know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and the more barriers we can break down.
Click here to watch colleagues in the north reading a poem about ‘the power of small.’
Good mental health is essential to our wellbeing while poor mental health can affect everyone in different ways – either indirectly or directly – and can impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, relationships and our finances.
Checking in on your family, friends and colleagues is always important, but as the pandemic continues, it is more important than ever. You don’t need to be an expert on mental health to support people who are feeling anxious or worried. Think about using these simple top tips (please consider any local or national restrictions that may be in place):
Check in - If someone doesn’t feel ready or able to meet face-to-face, picking up the phone, having a video call, starting a group chat or messaging someone on social media lets them know you are there to talk and ready to listen.
Listen and reflect - Whether you have a mental health problem or not, this is a challenging time for many people’s mental health and wellbeing. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don't need to fix things or offer advice. Often just listening, and showing you take them seriously, can help someone to manage.
Ask questions - Ask how people are managing. Asking again and showing interest, can help someone to open up and say what they're feeling. Remember to signpost people to their GP or to another support route. Some examples are listed below.
We all deserve to be supported through difficult times and to get the help or treatment we need. Many people who do seek support often say that they wish they had done so sooner.
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