Time To Talk Day 2023: Why Speaking Up About Mental Health Is Important
Time to Talk Day is quickly approaching on Thursday 2nd February 2023.
This national event raises awareness about mental health and encourages people to have open and honest conversations with those in their life about their wellbeing.
Although attitudes towards mental health have changed significantly in recent years, we’ve still got a way to go to help end mental health discrimination.
Far too often people think they have to keep a stiff upper lip and not reach out to others due to the stigma that still exists surrounding mental health in the UK.
This important day organised by Mind and Rethink Mental illness reminds us that talking and listening can change lives.
Carry on reading to find out why speaking up about mental health is important, and discover how you can be more open about your well being!
The Importance Of Speaking Up About Mental Health
Research by mental health charity Mind suggests that mental health problems affect approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK each year.
This staggering figure shows that being open and honest on the subject of mental health and having important conversations needs to be a priority for everyone.
Speaking up about mental health issues can not only positively impact upon your life but also your family, your friends, and society in general.
Help reduce the stigma associated with mental health and get involved with #TimeToTalkDay this year.
Find out below all the reasons why you should speak up and be there to support others!
1. Help Break The Stigma
We have come a long way with attitudes regarding mental health but unfortunately there is still a stigma that surrounds it.
The negative attitudes that society holds towards those with mental health issues can include discrimination, prejudice, and misunderstanding.
This stigma can make it harder for people who experience a mental health problem or have a diagnosed illness to seek treatment.
It can also impact upon their quality of life due to feeling ashamed, incompetent or even a danger to others.
You can help to break the stigma regarding mental health by speaking openly to others about your own mental health.
Even if it feels difficult or embarrassing to do so, it’s important.
After all, we need to normalise these conversations as almost everyone is affected by mental health issues.
2. Inspire Others To Speak Up
Speaking up about your own mental health with people can make it easier for others to feel comfortable talking openly about their own wellbeing.
Quite often people feel as if they’re a burden to others if they talk about their struggles, or it’s embarrassing or awkward to mention.
However, this is not the case and we need to look past these attitudes.
Having these conversations can change lives, and help people feel empowered to seek help or feel that they’re not alone, which can lead to better outcomes.
Remember, not everyone will feel comfortable speaking up about their mental health or struggles for a variety of reasons.
So, whilst you should try to get people in your life to open up, don’t force people to if they don’t want to.
These things can take time, they may not want to discuss any problems they’re experiencing with their mental health just yet, but they may come to you when they’re ready.
3. Improve Understanding
By having open and honest conversations, it means those in your life will have a better understanding of your mental health and what impacts upon it.
They won’t know exactly what you’re going through, but they can try and support you.
Sharing your story is important, even if it feels difficult or challenging, take your time and try to talk to those around you in a comfortable and private space.
There is no right way to talk about mental health, it’s different for everyone.
Whilst some people may be naturally open to talking about their wellbeing, other people are not.
Your support network may not be professionals, but it’s still important to ensure you don’t suffer in silence with your mental health and talk to those around you.
Being vocal about any issues you may be experiencing is the first step in acknowledging them and getting the support you may need.
Being open about your mental health can also improve relationships.
4. Increase Self Awareness
Talking openly about your mental health is important to help the people in your life understand your wellbeing and any issues you may be experiencing.
But, it’s also important to help yourself and increase self awareness about your own issues and feelings.
Sometimes people do not realise they’re suffering from a mental health problem or even showing symptoms of a mental illness until they talk about it with others.
Or, perhaps they are aware but they haven’t spoken up about their problems due to feeling ashamed or worried.
Many people go undiagnosed with mental illness and do not get the right support and treatment they need.
By encouraging conversations about mental health it can help to educate not only other people but also yourself on the signs and symptoms of poor wellbeing.
Talking and listening means that people who are suffering can get the support they need to improve their wellbeing.
5. Promote Self-Care
Speaking up about mental health can have a positive influence on your own wellbeing.
It can feel like a weight is lifted off your shoulders if you’re open and honest about the way you’re feeling.
Rather than suffering in silence and keeping it to yourself, speak up this Time to Talk Day 2023.
Not only can you get support from others about your mental health, but being honest with others is being honest with yourself.
This can help promote self-care, boost your confidence and help you develop healthy coping mechanisms.
You’ll probably find after speaking up about your mental health you feel relieved to get things off your plate.
After all, it can be overwhelming to try to deal with everything by yourself.
Remember, it’s just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical health!
There are so many reasons why talking openly about mental health can have a positive impact.
From helping people to identify and address issues earlier, to gaining more of an understanding on how to support others.
Speaking up also leads to better treatment and quicker recovery for those with mental health problems, and helps to end mental health stigma.
Remember to talk openly with those in your life and and be there to support other people’s mental wellbeing this Time To Talk Day 2023.
If you are struggling with your mental health, don’t be afraid to speak up and remember there is support out there.
Whether it’s talking with your GP, speaking to a professional on campus or making use of online resources from Mind.
Now we’ve prepared you for Time To Talk Day 2023, another good read on the subject of mental health is supporting the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals.