Starting the conversation about mental health, whether that be with someone with a diagnosis or someone with no experience of mental illness at all, opens up the opportunity to reduce stigma & discrimination. This is something I feel so passionately about & feel as though should have already been achieved in the year of 2018. Nevertheless, we need to keep working towards this. Attitudes ARE getting better.
There is so much good information on the Time to Change website regarding how to start a conversation with someone about mental health. They talk about sharing your personal story if you feel comfortable to do so, talking about what you do to de-stress to share ideas & start healthy debates surrounding news stories. Most importantly, LISTEN.
It’s easy to make judgements & assume we already know what we’re going to be told, after all we’re only human, but try not to do this. Try to really listen & understand other people’s thoughts, opinions & stories. There is no need for sympathy but empathy can help us grow as a society.
I find that people are happy to talk to me about mental health because I talk about mental health every single day. The more open you are about it, the most likely people will feel able to talk about it. Let’s normalise mental health- we all have it after all.
Short & sweet but very important! Until next time,
Love, Kayleigh Rose x