Mental health is something we all deal with. It is something that we must all look after. Not just on the bad days but on the good as well.
Mental health is something a lot of people struggle to talk about but we all know that about 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. That means that you are likely to know or unknowingly know someone with mental health problems or face them yourself.
So many of us feel as if we can’t talk about it. Feel like we can’t be open about our mental health unlike our general health. I hurt my toe quite a few months back and everyone knows about it. I have happily told people that I have to get a broken tooth fixed. So why not our minds. I am not saying our minds are broken but sometimes they need some time to heal.
This healing may be after a traumatic event, stress due to work, money worries or even, just because. The reality is mental health problems arise any time of your life for really obvious reasons or for what seems like no reason at all.
1st February is Time to Talk Day. On the 1st February maybe you could take some time to ask someone how they are. Not in passing, actually with the intention of slowing down, stopping and listening. Or maybe you are experiencing mental health problems and it is time to seek help from your GP or let your parents, teacher or boss know that things aren’t quite right, right now.
It is okay. You can talk about it.
Below are a few links that can help you learn more about mental health and how to get involved in Time to Talk Day.
Firstly, If you need to talk and you have no one right now please call the Samaritans on 116 123
This is what they say
“We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us”
Don’t let it get to the point that you see no other way out. Talk.
Time to Change – Get involved with Time to Talk Day
Mind – a great site to help people gain knowledge and support around mental health.
BEAT – a fantastic site to help people gain knowledge and support around eating disorders.
Healthy Minds – Here is the link to the Birmingham Healthy Minds. If you google Healthy minds plus the location you live in there may be one in your area.
PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide another great site to get support and information.
*All images downloaded from Time To Change recourses