A campaign to encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues is being supported by NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Did you know that one in four people nationally will suffer with a mental health issue at some point in their lives? For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness.
Time to Talk Day is on 1 February and it aims to get everyone talking to help break the silence around mental health problems.
It’s good to talk. Whether you’re at work, at home or in a café – try having conversation about mental health. There’s no shame in admitting that you’re struggling now or if you have in the past. By starting a conversation, you’ll also be surprised at how many of your friends and colleagues have also been affected.
Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It really can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea, or going for a walk and listening to someone talk about how they feel. Being open about your mental health and ready to listen can really make a positive difference to someone’s life.
- Start small.
- Find a good time and place.
- Ask questions (gently).
- Be open.
- Treat them the same.
Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed. Together we can improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.
Dr Peter Ingham, Clinical Chair of the new NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. All too often people who are experiencing a mental health illness keep it to themselves, worried about what other people might think of them. Time to Talk Day is a fantastic way of showing everyone that sometimes just talking with someone can really help.”
“Being open about mental health doesn’t have to be awkward. Just being there for someone can make a huge difference to their life. Having a mental health problem is hard enough, but sometimes the isolation and stigma can make it even worse.”
“Talking is an important part of all relationships. It can strengthen our ties with other people and help us stay in good mental health. Being listened to helps us feel that other people care about us and what we have to say.”