Time to Talk is organised by Mind as an annual national awareness day, it is about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. Why ‘Time to Talk Day’ is important? According to Mind (1)
- One in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
- We want everyone to feel comfortable talking about mental health – whenever they like.
- Talking about mental health reduces helping to create supportive communities where we can talk openly about mental health and feel empowered to seek help when we need it.
- Opening up the conversation about mental health problems is important – by talking about it, we can support ourselves and others.
So what and how do we support ourselves and others? In recent years we have also heard many tragic cases about students and young people taking their own lives; I have discussed this in another blog (2)
Is it enough though to just be talking about the Mental Health problems and making others aware that you have these difficulties? Are we making any real meaningful and significant difference with our families and friends? I am not for one minute dismissing the value and importance of talking far from it. I am also aware that in some community groups even talking about any Mental Health issues, no matter how small, is considered as a sign of weakness even a taboo… (3)
Additionally, many students who have or had Mental Health difficulties report that despite them seeking help they are unable to access them mainly because they are not ill enough(?!) or there are extremely long waiting times to see a counsellor. Even then some return time and time again as service provided only last for 6 weeks due to high demand…
Therefore, can we all agree that now is the time to take action as well as talking? Can we question our thoughts that causes us to suffer, even leading to depression, of its validity and authenticity by a simple powerful process of the SEJ? Talking to someone is a first acceptance to realising that our Mental Wellbeing is being less than; learning and practicing the SEJ Process as a framework of self-enquiry is THE step in taking action so you no longer suffer. In other words, the power to be well and experience life joyfully is in our own hands. The SEJ process in easy to learn life changing skill is the way to do so. Why not give it a try then you too can talk and share with others how it has changed your life free of suffering.
(3): Daniel Eisenberg 1, Marilyn F Downs, Ezra Golberstein, Kara Zivin Stigma and help seeking for mental health among college students Med Care Res Rev 2009 Oct;66(5):522-41
Dr M Howard-Kishi