Exciting news from Thrive HQ! Jodie has decided to kick start her year by starting her own YouTube channel. This channel will cover many topics such as Mental Health, lived experiences, legal advice and all things Thrive! In her first vlog, Jodie talks about Time To Talk Day 2019 which you can watch below.
Here at Thrive, we are constantly trying to end the stigma around mental health and so a day like this is essential in making sure people open up about their feelings and the things they are suffering with.
Time to change say: “Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.”
Here are some easy ways in which you can make sure you’re having the right conversations about mental health:
Have a cuppa: invite someone over for a cup of tea, maybe some biscuits and have a little chat about what you’re feeling and how life is going for each of you. A great way to do this is without any phones or technology as a distraction as this can take you out of the moment.
Go on a walk: Whether this is with a friend, family member or a work colleague, having a walk to clear your head and have a chat can really improve someone’s day and especially if this is done on your lunch break, can make sure you’re not just sat at your desk for the whole day.
Ask Twice: If you are asking about someone’s feelings and they say they’re okay, ask again. This is at no effort to you but can ensure the person knows that you care and aren’t asking for the sake of asking.
Don’t try and give advice: Everyone’s mental health is different and so trying to give someone advice on how you would handle their situation or try to ‘fix’ it might not be the best thing to do. Instead, tell them about the options available and expert guidance, if it’s something simple such as trying meditation or self-care, tell them your favourite calming app or the best relaxing bubble bath. But don’t try to fix their mental health situation.
Don’t treat people differently: Make sure you’re in someone’s corner but not treating them differently or not letting their mental health objectify them.
Check out Time to Change here: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/time-talk-day
They have many videos and tips on how to talk and support people with mental ill-health or just need someone who can listen.