Time to Talk Day 2021…

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference…

Time to Talk Day is the day the nation gets talking about mental health, and it’s so important especially at times like this.

That’s why open conversations about mental health are more important than ever. Many have been isolated from usual support networks, and the impact of this has been felt by all.

There is no right way to talk about mental health, but here are some tips that you might find helpful this Time to Talk Day.

1. Ask questions and listen

Asking questions can give the person space to express how they’re feeling and what they’re going through, and it will help you to understand their experience better. Try to ask questions that are open and not leading or judgemental.

2. Think about the time & place

Sometimes it’s easier to talk side by side rather than face to face. So, if you do talk in person, you might want to chat while you are doing something else like walking.

3. Don’t try & fix it

It can be hard to see someone you care about having a difficult time, which is understandable due to the current circumstances, but try to resist the urge to offer quick fixes to what they’re going through. Sometimes, it might be best just to listen.

4. Treat them the same

When a friend or loved one opens up about mental health, they don’t want to be treated any differently. If you want to support them, keep it simple. Do the things you’d normally do.

5. Be patient

No matter how hard you try, some people might not be ready to talk about what they’re going through. That’s ok – the fact that you’ve tried to talk to them about it may make it easier for them to open up another time.

We hope you can use these tips and find them helpful this Time to Talk Day, and don’t forget to check up on the people you know and love!

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