Hi guys, I hope you are well. We are going to be talking about something close to my heart. Time to change have created a new campaign and set aside Thursday 2nd as Time To Talk day – if you didn’t already guess today is that day. I have mentioned in the past my struggles with mental health and I know first hand the importance of talking. I know it seems so simple but it is also extremely hard, especially when you are in a dark time. I am here today to encourage everyone to talk about mental health. Whether you have knowledge of the subject or if you know nothing, let’s just talk about. It is so important for people struggling to feel able to talk about their mental health. Without sounding dramatic because this is not a pity party, but it is hard dealing with mental health issues. So let’s all support each other and talk openly about our experiences so we all know that we are not alone. Feeling as if you are alone and feeling like you have no one to talk to is a horrible thing to experience, so let’s create an environment where we are open and able to talk freely. I am struggling right now, like so many others in the world. I know that this storm will not last forever, and I am taking steps to get better. So remember that you are not alone and that your storm will not last forever. I’ll start the conversation by introducing myself a bit, for any new people here. I’m Pippa – a 22 year who struggles with low self esteem, low moods, anxiety and self harm. I kept silent for 6 years before I finally broke down to my family and I can easily say that is the best thing to happen to me. Now I am able to talk about it. Yes there is still an element of feeling shame but I don’t let that stop me. I think it is so important to talk about it and feel you can be open about your mental health without judgement. I am sorry if this is all over the place but I wanted to post it anyway. It’s time to talk!
Here are some sites that may be helpful:
Click here for Time to change website
Click here for Young Minds website
Click here for Mind website
Click here for the NHS site – for helplines
Click here for the Samaritans site – 24 hour helpline
See you next time