It's Time To Talk

Modesto Morganelli
Febbraio 9, 2019

Ian Hamilton, senior lecturer in mental health at the University of York and registered mental health nurse, says we shouldn't let awkwardness get in the way.

Social media updates mean most of us don;t bother talking to friends anymore because we already know what they are up to.

Emily, a 28-year-old social media influencer, said she was guilty of having far fewer conversations.

"I wasn't sure they'd understand why I shared something so personal as social media can be a very superficial place - full of memes", he explained. Having these all important conversations can make a huge difference to so many people. "To know that [my friends] were there for me "offline" was so comforting and healing. To have a shoulder to cry on is one of the best gifts I've received from my friends".

Jaman believes Time To Talk Day is good opportunity to "challenge the stigma" around mental health, however these are conversations we should be having "any time", she said. Past year I made a decision to be really honest with my followers and talk candidly about struggling with depression on Instagram. "However, doing so connected me with an awesome community of people I'd never met who became great friends and a great support".

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it, says the NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Celebrity supporters such as Dame Kelly Holmes, Dr Ranj Singh and Matt Johnson have taken part in kick starting a social media campaign whereby supporters are asked to share their "key ingredient" for a meaningful conversation about mental health.

Around one in four people in the United Kingdom experiences mental health problems with young men, in particular being identified as a vulnerable demographic.

Wrexham's Assembly Member is backing a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination around mental health. "As Ford's public awareness film highlights, talking about mental health doesn't have to be the elephant in the room".

In October a year ago, JOE partnered with mental health charity Time to Change, changing our logo from yellow to pink as part of an anti-stigma campaign encouraging people to show a genuine willingness to talk and listen by asking twice if they were anxious how a mate was doing. Join in the conversation online using the hashtag #timetotalk or visiting the website.

If you are anxious about your mental health, you may benefit from speaking to a professional. Enter your location in the box below to find a counsellor near you.

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