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Time to Talk Day 3 February 2022

Time to Talk Day, 3 February 2022 is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. It is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation.

Conversations have the power to change lives – helping to create supportive communities where we can talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it. 

During the past two years the whole world has undergone periods of isolation, we have all felt the struggle of not being able to have the contact that we would like with loved ones. We have had to adapt to using other methods more frequently, like the phone or online and for some this has proved particularly difficult. The counselling that Paul Carter provides has moved from face to face to exclusively online and on the phone. However, throughout it all we have learned and understood that what is important is that contact with others, whether it be a walk with someone in the park, over a coffee, online, on text or on the phone, is continued. Being able to talk to others about how we are feeling and what is bothering us is vital for our emotional wellbeing.

Time to Talk Day is a prompt to start conversations with others in your community, workplace, or school about mental health. Time to Talk Day provides several resources that you can use to start those conversations.

Over the pandemic I am sure that many of us have felt that cabin fever, finding it hard to regulate how we feel, perhaps experiencing anxiety, stress and depression. We can get caught up in our own minds and things can feel huge and unwieldy. Then we speak to someone, perhaps it’s just going for a walk and having a brief chat with a stranger about the weather, and that feeling of being overwhelmed begins to dissipate. It is as though a pin has been stuck in the mass of feelings and it has deflated a little.

Humans are social creatures and so it is no surprise that talking in general and talking particularly about how you are feeling is very important, it helps us to contain and manage our own feelings. Perhaps you feel that you need to talk to someone about how you feel or things you have experienced, and friends and family are perhaps not the right people to talk to initially. If this is the case, you might want to talk to a professional counsellor like Paul.

For more informaion about Paul please take a look at the About Paul Page, Frequently Asked Questions Page and The Counselling Services Page. If you would like to make an appointment with Paul for Counselling, Psychotherapy or Supervision, please call Paul on 07843 813 537 or fill in the form on the Contact Page, if he doesn’t answer he is probably in a session, please leave him a message and he will call you back as soon as he can.

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