Tomorrow, 5 February, is Time to Talk Day. This year Time to Change are asking people to take five minutes to talk about mental illness, alongside asking people to ‘Take 5 to Blog’ which I will be doing tomorrow.
I talk about mental health a lot. I do it virtually (here, facebook and Twitter) and in the real world too. I talked a while ago about coming out of the mental health closet (see here) and since I did I have been very vocal about my mental health, to the point where people are probably wishing I would just shut up.
If you want to take five to talk about mental health, there is no better way than simply asking how someone is. If you ask me, I won’t give you a monologue of all my ups and downs but I will remember that you took time to ask. It doesn’t have to be in person – send a text, an email, whatever. Or you could find a picture or quote that reminds you of someone, and send them it – ‘I saw this and thought of you’. You could share information from Time to Change, support the hashtags #TimeToTalk and #Take5ToBlog, whatever you feel is right.
It is so important that we make time to talk about mental health. A good network of understanding, supportive friends and/or family can make a big difference, and the more people talk the more chance we have of breaking the stigma.
It’s time to talk. It’s time to change.
Make your pledge here