Time to Talk 2018

Hey!

I hadn’t planned on writing this post but after seeing a lot of stuff circulating on twitter about it. I’m not sure if we have this day in Ireland but I feel that it’s pretty important so I decided to write a post about it. I haven’t written a sit down chatty post like this in a long time so I don’t know how it will go but I wanted to give it a go so I hope you enjoy it.

I don’t know too much about it but apparently today is Time To Talk day. It’s organised by Time To change. I want to talk about the importance of talking about your mental health but not just that also about supporting others and listening to them while they talk. Talking about mental is extremely difficult to do but having the right support networks can make talking much easier. Mental health is something that we all have and it’s about high time that we as a country and as a planet started talking about it without the stigma and fear. You probably know the saying, a problem shared is a problem halved. While in literal terms this saying may not be true it can really help even a little bit to get how you’re feeling out in the open. What we are feeling can seem so scary at time but reaching out can help you work through what you are feeling and begin to work through it.

There are ways of looking out for others and helping them to share how they are feeling or even just to be a good listener. Even the smallest texts from a friend can make the world of difference to anyone, especially those who are suffering from their mental health. A simple “how are you doing today” or even a “hello” to let them know that you’re thinking of them.

There’s something really important that I read on their website when I did some research for this post was to treat the person you are talking to with the same respect and dignity that you treated them with before they told you about their mental health. I think personally that this is one of the most important things that you can do for someone that is struggling with their mental health. We are still the same, beautiful people regardless what we are struggling with in terms of our mental health.

I don’t really known where I was going with this post but I it felt important to me to write it and to share it with you. Today shouldn’t be the only day you or any of us talk. This day should be a way to mark how important it is for us to talk about mental health not just on one day but everyday that we want to because it is an essential part of our lives.

I don’t speak about my mental health enough that I really should but I’m trying my best. There’s no magic wand to erase our difficulties after talking about our problems but I have found that when I have spoken about what’s bothering me to the right people that I trust and that love and support me it has made the world of difference to me and my mental health and to those around me. It makes me feel loved and supported and that I have people that I can rely on. When I get things out in the open it feels so much better than bottling it all up inside.

It’s time for us to talk. It’s time for us to quit being ashamed of ourselves and others for what they are going through. Everyone has mental health and not one of us is better than anyone else. It’s high time we reached out a helping hand to our friends and family and also accepted the helping hand that others reach out to us. There’s an old Irish saying that I think is vital to remember: Ní neart le cur le chéile which means there is strength in numbers.

I don’t think I expressed myself too well in this post but I do hope you got the main message that I was trying to convey. Wishing you all the best.

Until next time,

Girl Masked

 

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Talking about mental health is very very important and I love that there’s a day for this, everyday needs to be time to talk day. Talking to those who support you and love you really does make a world of difference.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      I do agree with you, it is so important to start conversations about it! Same here, I was delighted to hear that there was a special day to raise awareness for it. It definitely does. All the best and thanks so much for reading! 🙂

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  2. I’m a massive believer in the importance of talking about mental health and I loved this post! I 100% agree with what you have to say too! Thankyou for sharing and spreading the word that talking about mental illness is important 💗

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Same here! Ah thanks so much, I’m so happy that you liked the post.

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  3. Time to Talk was a great day of getting people to open up & share their experiences. The more conversations we have about it the more we challenge stigma surrounding it.

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      It definitely was a great day, I was delighted to learn about it. I agree, the more conversations and being open and honest about it the better. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  4. It’s always ALWAYS so important to speak out when you’re strugging, no matter what’s going on whether it’s big or small. I think we are slowly starting to diminish the stigma around mental health but unfortunately there are still so many ignorant people in the world that don’t understand or refuse to try to. I’m hoping the generations being raised now will be so much more educated and understanding on it which will make the future world a better place!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      I agree, speaking out about your mental health is so important. Yes, I hope that the stigma will reduce in the years to come too.

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  5. Danielle Clark @ effortlesslyconfident.com says:

    Talking about mental health and being intentional about sharing our experiences around it is extremely important. Even though doing so is difficult it can be so freeing once you feel comfortable doing so. Thank you for sharing this! Being open to talking about this will help reduce the stigmas around mental health 🙂

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      I agree, it’s so important. Yes, you’re so right, there’s a wonderful sense of freedom when you feel okay with speaking about your mental health. No problem at all, glad you liked it. All the best. 🙂

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  6. I don’t think it matters where you’re going with this post, the more people talking about this the better! I have generalised anxiety disorder and have been dealing with that for a good 6/7 years now. I’m not better and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I might never be better but I’m still working on it every single day xxx

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you. Sending you lots of best wishes. Well done for continuing to work on it, you’re doing great. ☺

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  7. I’m sending you so much love babe, it makes my heart break to know that you’re feeling like this but please know that you’re not alone. Thank you for sharing 🌸💜✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.alishavalerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/alishavalerie

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  8. You’re absolutely right, Kate – talking about mental health in an open and honest manner is the only way in which the stigma around MH conditions can be erased! Thank you for sharing your experiences so candidly, it is great to hear that talking to the right people has really helped you in your journey! What you’ve written about how we are the same beautiful people regardless of our mental health put a real smile on my face, you have such a positive attitude and I’m so happy you decided to join in with Time to Talk and write this post! Big hugs!

    Abbey ❤️

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate your kind comment!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, you are so brave to do so. MH is something I haven’t always been open about and still struggle to want to talk to someone but it’s so good that more people are being more open and understanding!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      No problem at all.
      Thank you ☺
      Sending you best wishes.

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  10. The more people who speak out, the more people who are going through an MH issue might potentially be reached and subsequently not feel so alone! I think it’s great you shared how you were feeling, I agree with Abbey, it’s so great that you’ve shared your experiences candidly. It’s a brave thing to do, and you never know who might read it and be made to feel just a bit okay for just a moment, which during a mental health battle is something really precious!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Definitely agree with you there. Thanks so much for you kind words. Really appreciate it!

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  11. ofbeautyand says:

    Talking about mental health is so important for everyone to do! x
    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Definitely!
      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  12. Lorna says:

    Mental health issues are so important! I recently did a post on anxiety myself to try and spread awareness so I am glad everyone is trying too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      They certainly are. Oh that’s great, well done! I’ll check it out!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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