National Time to Talk Day | Mental health shouldn’t be a taboo subject

January 9, 2018 3:27 pm Published by

We’re getting ready to mark the national Time to Talk campaign on Thursday 1 February.

Celebrating it’s 10th year, the national campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness has been continuously helping to improve the attitudes and behaviours of millions towards mental health.  The aim is to get as many people as possible talking about mental health and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year which can affect anyone at any time.

Anyone can help break the stigma, just having a conversation about mental health – with a friend, family member or anyone else.  This is our chance to spread the word that wherever you are, any place can be the right space to talk about mental health – in a lift, at the gym or even up a mountain!

Take time out to connect with a colleague

In a recent survey, Time to Change surveyed 2,000 UK workers and found that mental health is the most taboo topic in the workplace.  Take time to ask a colleague how they are, the conversation doesn’t have to be all about mental health – it can be as simple as asking how they are, and really listening to the answer.

Mental health awareness in schools

It’s important to get young people thinking and talking about mental health in schools, getting teachers to hold an assembly or lesson on mental health is a good way of reaching students.

The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity that has provided counselling and counselling training for the better mental health of our communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for over forty years. Our charitable mission enables people on low incomes to have access to affordable, long term counselling which is not widely available elsewhere in the two counties.If you’re struggling and would like find better ways to understand yourself, or to bring about changes to help you manage the way you think or behave to improve your mental and emotional well-being, you may like to consider counselling. 
If you’re struggling and would like to talk, contact us today for an appointment with a counsellor.

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