Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult.
Why should it be taboo to talk honestly about our mental health? Why should people with mental health problems feel isolated or afraid to talk about it?
The answer is that it shouldn’t.
Today is time to talk day.
Time To Change are campaigning to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
It’s something I am hugely passionate about considering I have lost count of the number of people I know who have, or have had mental health problems (including myself – that’s one for another blog when my toddler isn’t bashing my laptop keys!) and one thing I know for sure is that the more we talk about it and the more we are open and listen to one another, the more it helps.
Perhaps sometimes we’re afraid that if we share about mental health problems we’ll seem weak, or others will judge us. But, what if we instead chose to see mental health as exactly what it is? Part of our ‘health’, part of us that we have to look after, part of us, just like our bodies, that can get sick and that we sometimes we need help with. Why should being on medication for our mental health or going to counselling be seen as any different to having antibiotics, or taking medication for a physical condition?
Let’s talk about mental health. Let’s ask each other how we are and let’s be honest and open.