Talking about mental health is something we all need to do more. Mental health is an essential aspect of overall well-being, yet it is often stigmatised and not talked about openly.
This stigma often prevents people from seeking help and support when needed, leading to further deterioration of their mental health.
But mental health is just like physical health. And like physical health, mental health can get better, and it can get worse. We all have to look after ourselves and others’ mental health like we do for physical health.
One of the best ways to stop someone’s mental health from worsening is to have open and honest conversations about it.
It does not matter who. You can speak to a teacher, parent, carer or health professional. It is only sometimes necessary to talk to a health professional or doctor.
You don’t need to do it in person. Texting someone or picking up the phone can be appreciated by them even more.
By talking about mental health more, we will reduce the stigma around it and make it easier for people to express their feelings and experiences. We can also learn about others’ thoughts and feelings and understand each other better.
Conversation starters on mental health
When starting a conversation about mental health, it is essential to approach it in a sensitive and non-judgmental way.
The important thing is to listen rather than give advice and to keep any conversation informal. Remind them that mental health problems are more common than people think, and that they can affect anyone at any time.
Here are a few conversation starters that could help initiate discussions:
- “How are you feeling lately?”
- “I’ve noticed you seem a bit down lately, is there anything you’d like to talk about?”
- “Do you want to talk about what’s been on your mind lately?”
- “What do you do to take care of your mental health?”
It is important to remember that everyone’s experiences with mental health are unique, and it is crucial to listen without judgment and offer support. Acknowledge the individual’s feelings, and encourage them to seek professional help if needed.
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Mental health support in Telford and Wrekin
One in four of us suffer from problems that affect our mental health. If you need help there is lots of mental health support in Telford and Wrekin.
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