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,