Talking about Mental Health...

This week is Children's Mental Health Week, and we are focusing on talking about our mental health...

The importance of talking about mental health cannot be overstressed. Many people are all too often afraid to talk about their mental health problems/disorders. Because of this, we want people to understand the benefits of talking about mental health and encourage people to talk openly about mental health.

By talking about mental illness on a more regular basis, we as a society will hopefully unveil the false notions that plague this topic. When these myths are debunked, it should help remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Because mental health is so taboo, too many people are not getting the treatment they need. In turn, their poor mental health could lead to suicide.

Open dialogue about mental health can help everyone heal. What people do not realize is that there are numerous ways to effectively treat mental illness and you can live a normal lifestyle by learning how to properly manage your mental health disorder symptoms. The state of your mental health affects how you think, feel, and ultimately how you act. It’s crucial that we express these emotions with others on a daily basis. By talking about mental health openly, more people may be encouraged to seek professional help.

 

Who to talk to if you feel you need help

There is no ‘right’ first person to talk to, what is important is finding someone you feel comfortable opening up with, and who you know will listen.

Parents/family member/relatives - Talking to people who you can trust and rely on to be understanding and supportive early on will help you practice and gain confidence.

Go beyond friends - Talking to friends, in person or online, is a good way to get started but there’s a limit to how much friends can help. In the end, friends are part of the process, but they probably can’t connect you with the resources you need. The goal should be to find someone who can guide you to get the right help you need.

Find an adult you trust - If you can talk to a parent, that’s great, but a lot of teenagers are reluctant to do that for various reasons. So, you can try and talk to:

· A teacher or another adult you have a good relationship with at school

· Your school counsellor or the school nurse

· A close family friend, relative or another adult you feel close to

· Your GP

· A community or religious leader

The important thing is to be persistent, don’t stop until you find someone who can help you.

Our welfare team are always on hand to help and support you...

 

Talking about your mental health is important, but it can be difficult to open up.

If you are struggling to talk about your mental health, we have a few tips.

· Write a letter if you are afraid to talk face-to-face.

· Talk to someone who doesn’t know you such as a therapist or psychologist if you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one.

· Start by journaling and then transition to speaking.

· Practice speaking in the mirror before you talk to someone if you are struggling to do so.

· Remember that you will probably feel a great sense of relief after talking with someone.

· Remember that you are not alone.

As a community, we must do more to help our loved ones by supporting them through the dark days. Talking about their mental health will help spark the initial action.

With mental health problems on the increase, we must come together and find positive ways to involve ourselves in the conversation, so all of our loved ones get the help they need,

So, Ark Boulton, let’s get Talking about Mental Health!