Opening up to mental health

Someone you know will have a mental health problem right now – a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you. 

Being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference.

Hear what Matt and Tim, Yvonne and Birgit, and Becky and Jo have to say about opening up to mental health, below:

Matt and Tim

Tim: "When I was feeling down, the phone would go and it'd be a text from Matt, or a phone call or an email, or a stupid joke. He's got an endless supply of really rubbish jokes, so that always made me smile. Just having someone there is really important."

Yvonne and Birgit

Yvonne: "We've known each other over 20 years and, at the end of the day, she's been there throughout. She's a real source of strength and such a good friend."

Becky and Jo

Becky: "Having that familiar face there was a really positive, really helpful thing. It's everyone's responsibility to start that conversation. Then, most of the time it's just listening."

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