There’s been Bell’s Let’s Talk Mental Health recently. Now it’s the UK’s turn with the Let’s Talk Mental Health day that’s shortly coming up! On February 2nd, the day is to encourage talking about mental health. It’s to raise awareness, challenge preconceptions and fight the stigma surrounding issues that touch many of our lives, directly or indirectly.
The old expression “don’t bottle it up” is quite true. Worries, concerns, and a myriad of mixed emotions can build up like a pressure cooker. Sometimes it can help to share it with someone, be that someone you know or a total stranger through a service such as the Samaritans.
I have to be honest, talking about how you’re feeling and what you’re going through doesn’t suit everyone or every occasion. Sometimes, it’s a matter of being ready to share when the time is right. But what does help is to feel less alone. What does help is to not feel ashamed or embarrassed or judged. It’s ignorance and lack of understanding that results in negative reactions when it comes to mental health, and bit by bit we can help to change that. Bit by bit, we can open ourselves up to our own human condition. We are not perfect, we are not infallible. We are strong and we are damaged and we are complex. There is no shame in how we feel or how we are coping. There is no shame in saying you need help, in admitting to yourself or others that you have anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, bipolar, or any other mental health issue.
Let’s make a pledge – To talk a little more when we need it, and to listen a little more when someone else is in need.
You can find more information on the Time To Change website.