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Time To Talk – Mental Health

by | Feb 9, 2020 | Mental Health

On February 6th was Time To Talk Day.

Mental Health issues affect one in four people, and even though it is so common to be affected by it, most people feel isolated, shame and unworthy. Time to Talk day is all about encouraging people to talk more about mental health so they can get support and also help others.

I know first hand that talking about mental health can be uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be. I have learnt that talking to others about what you are going through can be VERY helpful. It is so important to talk about things.

I have suffered for years with depression and anxiety and for a very long time I felt alone because I felt ashamed to talk about it with others as I thought that it made me different and that others will not accept me. My thought process was wrong and the best thing that I did was reach out and talk to someone about it. It has changed my life.

Are you wondering how you can help someone with Mental Health problems? Below I have a few helpful points:

1. There is no such thing as the perfect location

When someone wants to talk about what they are going through it is important to find a quiet place to discuss – preferably face to face. The place does not have to be “perfect” but talking in a crowded place may be distracting.

2. Listen to what they have to say

When someone is going through a hard time, sometimes all they need is someone to listen to them with no judgement or interruptions. They just want to get it off their chest.

3. Don’t try to fix the problem

As difficult as it may be – do not try to offer a solution to the problem. For someone to get through the other side of a mental health problem can be a long journey. Just talking and getting it off their chest can be very helpful. Only offer advise or a solution if they ask for it.

4. Don’t treat them differently

No one wants to be treated differently. Regardless of what someone is going through they want others to treat them the same. To really help them, just do things that you would usually do.

5. Be patient with them

The journey to get through a mental health problem is a long journey so you have to be patient with them.

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