1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental health in our lives, so it’s important to be able to talk about it.
For Talk it out Tuesday, we wanted to share some tips and resources to support you to talk more openly about mental health to help support your wellbeing and that of those around you.
Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.
In January 2019, Trivallis signed the Time to Change Wales pledge to show we’re committed to supporting people with their mental health.
When talking about your mental health, Time to Change Wales has the following advice:
Be prepared: Think about the different reactions, positive and negative, that the person might have so you’re prepared.
Choose a good time: Choose a time and place where you feel comfortable and ready to talk.
Be ready for lots of questions…or none: The person you are talking to might have lots of questions. Or they might feel uncomfortable and try to move the conversation on – if this happens it’s still helpful that the first step has been taken.
Have some information ready: Sometimes it’s easier for people to find out more in their own time – so it might be useful to have some information to hand.
Take up opportunities to talk: If someone asks you about your mental health, don’t shy away, be yourself and answer honestly.
Courage is contagious: Often, once mental health is out in the open people want to talk. Don’t be surprised if your honesty encourages other people to talk about their own experiences. Check out the video below where Pete from Cardiff shares his story on opening up about his mental health.
You can find lots of great advice about talking to someone else about their mental health, here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with your mental health, you are not alone and there is help and support out there to access. Reach out to someone you trust, a family member, a friend, a doctor or get in touch with a mental health charity to discuss how you are feeling and to get the help you may need.
If you are a young person or have a young person living with you at home who is struggling with their mental health, there are lots of services available that provide help and support, here.
If you need support from Trivallis, please contact us.
For more wellbeing advice and support, check out #TrivallisWeekofWellbeing on our website and social media.
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