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Time to Talk Day – 1 February 2024

Time to Talk Day is taking place on 1 February 2024 it is organised  by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Time to Talk day is about encouraging conversations around Mental Health.

We all struggle from time to time with our emotions and our mental health. We encounter difficulties and struggles at work, with friends and family and within ourselves. Whether we suffer from low self esteem or have experienced a traumatic event being able to trust someone else with how we are feeling and what we are going through can be invaluable to feeling better or getting the professional support we need.

Time to Talk day is about encouraging us all to be proactive in having those conversations and reaching out to those who might be struggling, to help to remove the stigma around people having mental health problems. Time to Talk provides resources that you can use to start these conversations. You can download the Time to Talk Day resources here.

Ideas of how you can join in with Time to Talk Day

  1. Reach out to someone you have been meaning to get in touch with – if you have a friend, neighbour, family member or colleague who you have meant to call or send a text, do it today. Is there anyone you know that would appreciate a card or a postcard, a thinking of you message to brighten someone’s day and let them know you are there. Is there someone in your life who you know is struggling with their mental health? Can you offer them a safe space to talk where you can empathise and support them, or support them to get professional help?
  2. Social media is a great tool for breaking barriers and removing stigmas, is this a place where you can encourage these conversations and help to break down the barriers and shame people feel in reaching out for support.
  3. Arrange an event, if you want to reach out to people within your community you might want to arrange a formal event, such as a coffee morning. Create a venue where people can come and feel comfortable and accepted.

Talking about our mental health can be hard, remember to look after yourself and don’t share more than you are comfortable with.

One of our societies biggest problems is loneliness. Time to Talk Day is an opportunity to connect with others and be less alone in our struggles, however sometimes speaking to a professional rather than a friend about what concerns us is what we need.  If you feel that you would like to speak to someone about difficulties you are having, you might find speaking to a therapist helpful. Paul offers Psychotherapy and counselling, EMDR and Clinical Supervision. If you are struggling with any issue and would like to make an appointment with Paul 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. For more information about Paul please take a look at the About Paul PageFrequently Asked Questions Page and The Counselling Services Page.

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