5 ways to start a conversation about mental health

Lauren, February 6, 2019

We all want to be good friends who are there for the people we care about. We might be worried about a mate, or want to check in with a colleague, but starting conversations that seem ‘deep’ or potentially emotional can be daunting. 

Here are 5 tips for starting conversations about mental health that you might find helpful this Time to Talk Day.

Talking about mental health means people won't have to suffer in silence

Sarah Anne, February 5, 2019

I can’t remember when I first heard the word ‘depression’. I expect it was in the context of weather. And, growing up in the nineties, ‘that’s mental’ was an expression of disbelief. So, despite a parent having experienced multiple episodes of mental ill health, it just wasn’t something we talked about at home. Or indeed at school. Or anywhere. If my brothers or I complained of feeling sad, we were told, “Cheer up! It might never happen.”

Alice's tips for a conversation about mental health

Alice, February 4, 2019

So you’ve decided to have a conversation about mental health? That’s amazing! Whether you’re the person being brave enough to talk, or the one taking the time to listen, you’re doing a great thing.

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