Why You Should Talk About Mental Health
February 1st 2018 is Time to Talk Day, run by Time to Change. The campaign encourages people to
begin talking about mental health to reduce the stigma surrounding it.
Studies have shown that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health related issues in the UK alone.
That’s an extremely large number, and considering many people are reluctant to receive help due to
the stigma surrounding mental health there is more urgency than ever to start a dialogue
surrounding mental health.
That’s where Time to Talk comes in. It encourages this crucial dialogue, encouraging mental health
to be discussed by anyone, anywhere.
It’s no wonder that this campaign has exploded in popularity
as it is a pioneer in raising mental health awareness. Anyone can get involved, individuals and
businesses alike, and resources can be found on the Time to Change website linked below.
Why Should You Talk About Mental Health?
- As previously mentioned, 1 in 4 is a huge number. Keeping that in mind, there is a strong
chance that you or someone you know and care about may be suffering with a mental
- You become part of an initiative to reduce mental health stigma and encourage people to
begin an open dialogue about mental health.
- Talking about mental health reduces the stigma surrounding it, resulting in people being
more likely to seek treatment.
- In addition to this, talking about mental health puts it at the
forefront of national concern, making it more likely that further things will be implemented
in future to improve mental health.
- Talking about mental health can make sufferers feel less alone. For many sufferers, not
being able to talk about their mental health is one of the worst parts of the illness.
- It helps reduce stereotypes and you could potentially be helping someone in their recovery
Where can I talk about mental health?
Anywhere! You can talk about mental health on the bus, at home, in work, at the gym or anywhere
How do I start the conversation?
- You could begin by taking to social media. There are a number of chats on twitter dedicated to
discussing mental health, such as #BellLetsTalk. You could write about it, or write a song if you’re
- Encouraging your friend or family member to open up about their mental health is also a good place
to start if you know someone who’s suffering.
- Asking questions about mental health is also a goodway to engage in conversation with a loved one. Just remember not to make it too personal, and to recognise when the conversation is becoming uncomfortable.
- Even sending someone a text or call is something. Just letting people know you care and not treating
them any different can be a huge help to someone struggling with their mental health.
How will you join the conversation?
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health there is help available. Please contact the following if you are concerned about yourself or someone else:
Samaritans Cymru helpline: 116 123.
Anxiety UK: 08444 775 774
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Sane: 0300 304 7000
We also offer counseling at Psychology Wales. Information can be found on our website