World Mental Health Day 2023: let’s get talking!

To mark Mental Health Day 2023, we want to help spread awareness about mental health issues and promote open conversations around the topic which, unfortunately, is still considered taboo by some people. To remove the stigma we need to be proactive in discussing mental health and supporting those who need it. In this blog, we’ll explore how to talk about your own mental health and offer guidance on discussing the mental health of others on World Mental Health Day and beyond.

How to talk about your mental health 

  • Choose the right time and place

Before opening up about your mental health, find a comfortable and private setting. Ensure you have enough time for the conversation, so it doesn’t feel rushed.

  • Talk to someone you trust

Talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable sharing your feelings and thoughts with. It could be a friend, family member, or therapist.

  • Listen to feedback:

Be receptive to the responses you receive. It is also important to prepare yourself for a response you may not have wanted/expected. Sometimes, people may not know how to react, so patience is key. There are always other people you can chat with if you feel you need a better listener! 

How to talk about other people’s mental health

  • Choose the right approach

When discussing someone else’s mental health, approach the conversation with empathy and respect. Find a quiet spot so you can have a proper chat away from any distractions. 

  • Listen actively

Allow them to share their thoughts and feelings without interrupting or offering unsolicited advice. Sometimes, all people need is someone to listen. It is also important to show that you are engaged in the conversation by making good eye contact, nodding along and avoiding interrupting. 

  • Offer support

Rather than offering unwarranted advice, ask how you can be of help. Remind them that you are there to help with whatever they need; whether that accompanying them to a GP appointment or providing a hand running errands. 

Remember, you are never alone. If you need to someone to talk to, you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or via email at [email protected]

If you think you could be in danger of harming yourself it is essential to get professional help from your GP or call 999 in an emergency.

carlette Isaac

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