I get told I talk a lot. I’m a prolific chatterer about everything and nothing. So, I decided to put this to good use and talk about something really important… mental health.
I became a Time to Change Champion to go out and talk to people about mental health and hopefully, help to break down the stigma. Sharing your own experiences to help others is really empowering and I’ve met some awesome people doing the same.
(Two awesome ladies I met through Time to Change celebrating my 30th with me ❤️)
I’ve been reading some epic blogs about it and think it’s really brave of these people to share. So thank you for doing that.
Did you know that just by writing a blog you could change someone’s life? Did you know that by asking how someone is can help too?
If you’re not much of a writer but want to help someone, here are some ways to start the conversation:
- ‘Hi, how are you?’
- ‘How are you feeling?’
- ‘I know you’re not feeling so good right now but if you need to talk, I’m here’
- ‘Is everything ok? I’m here if you need me’
- ‘You’re not on your own, I’m here to listen’
- ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’
Just letting someone know that you’re there for them can really help.
When I get really low, really angry or really upset, my partner always says ‘is there anything I can do to help?’ Most of the time, there isn’t but just letting me know that he’s there, really helps. Because of my Alexithymia, sometimes j can’t even tell what’s happening with my moods. But it’s nice to know someone cares and accepts me.
So this 2018, if you haven’t already, start the mental health conversation. It only takes a ‘How are you?’ to make a difference ❤️