Time to Talk Day
It’s time to talk about mental health.
Believe it or not, but it’s still harder for people to open up about their own mental health than it is for family members, friends, colleagues and casual acquaintances to approach someone they may be worried about.
That’s why this Time to Talk Day, we’re encouraging you all to find Time to Talk to anyone you have concerns for.
Not sure what we mean?
Well, if you’ve noticed any of the following in anyone you spend a lot of time with:
Have low confidence
Lose interest in activities they normally enjoy
Lose their appetite
Get tired easily
Be tearful, nervous or irritable.
Have difficulty concentrating
Try to avoid certain situations
they could easily be suffering from depression and/or anxiety.
Of course, there may be ‘obvious’ triggers that may have brought these changes to the person involved. A death in the family, the loss of a job or sudden money problems.
They could even be of a more positive nature, such as the birth of a child, the buying of a new house or a promotion at work.
The scary thing about depression, low mood and anxiety is that they can also come from nowhere.
But, if you’ve recognised any of the above traits in a close friend, you may be wondering how best to approach the subject:
Ask ‘Do you have time to talk?’
If they say yes, make sure there aren’t any distractions.
Let them speak as much as they wish.
Don’t put any pressure on them and don’t try and guess how they’re feeling or why they’re feeling that way.
Keep any questions open-ended.
Give suggestions about what may help, such as taking part in some exercise, but let them know that it is okay to have a duvet day and take some time working out how to destress on their own terms.
Listen carefully to what they tell you.
Suggest how a medical professional may help.
Today is a great chance to pop the kettle on and give someone you care about the time and space to get things off their chest.
Remember: it may just be a cup of tea or coffee to you, but it could be the opening they’re looking for.