Talking about mental health can be difficult, especially for those that have never experienced the wide range of conditions that can affect our minds and lives. So please welcome Time To Talk day!
Today is the day we are urged to start that conversation and end the stigma surrounding mental health. We all have mental and physical health yet people often feel scared to discuss mental health as readily as we do our physical ailments. It’s easier to tell someone you have the flu and ask for help than it is to tell someone you are having a panic attack.
Discussing mental health doesn’t need to be a big, in depth conversation (but it can be if you want!) A text, a cup of coffee or a gentle stroll can be the perfect place to start. A sympathetic ear, or just a caring face, means the world. The quicker we dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding mental health the quicker we can start recovery and really help those that need it. Whatever you are feeling, you are not alone so let’s talk and help each other!
Here at Mind Our Minds we know the importance of talking and the negative effects of these stigmas on our mental health so we have asked for your experiences with mental health to help others start the conversation. Below are some of our submissions to get you started and keep an eye out for our guest post. If you feel inspired to share your story or experience too, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve learnt that talking is the best for everyone. I have grown even closer to my family, my boyfriend understands and helps me so much and me and close friends can laugh and uupport each other through our bad days. Talking gives you the chance to unload your burden and get help you need.
Mental health recovery to me begins with self care, coming in all shapes and sizes.
Flowers and cards from friend and family when I was in bed with sever anxiety.
Colouring I did when feeling anxious
Picture I drew of myself when feeling really negative about myself