Today is Time to Talk Day, an initiative by UK mental health charity Time to Change. The idea is to encourage people to have a simple conversation about mental health, to reduce the stigma and isolation experienced by some people with mental illnesses.
The website has a list of suggestions of small things you can do to spark a conversation about mental health, or help someone who has a mental illness. The suggestions include texting a friend to ask how they are, talking about something that makes you smile, making someone a cup of tea (we are british after all, we can solve anything with tea!) or telling someone how you feel today.
You don’t have to reveal your deepest secrets or bare your soul, just have an honest conversation. It got me thinking about the conversations I’ve had about my mental health and the support my friends and family have given me.
I have one friend who I told about my situation, and the next week she came round to my house with a card and a book that she thought I would like. It meant so much that someone had thought of me and gone to the effort of buying and delivering a book. I will always remember how positive that made me feel, and I hope one day I will be able to do something similar for someone else who is struggling.
So, in the spirit of conversation, how are you today?
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