Ask the expert: “What is Time to Talk Day?”

04 February 2020

For a long time, mental health has been surrounded by a stigma that has stopped people from reaching out for help when they need it. Time to Talk Day helps challenge this stigma and help people change their lives for the better.

 “How is this going to help anyone with mental health problems?”

The first step to improving your own mental health is to start talking about it. This is exactly what Time to Talk Day does. Being provided with space to openly talk about any mental health issues allows for people to first understand where a problem may lie and what support is necessary. It helps those who feel isolated by their mental health realise they are not alone and to overcome the fear that may be preventing them from seeking help. Time to Talk Day allows for everyone to share their experiences with mental health and support each other.

“Is talking better than medication?”

Sometimes being able to talk to someone is all that’s needed to improve mental health. However, sometimes medication is also necessary to aid someone in their mental health recovery. While talking is a step in the right direction and often plays a part in helping to understand mental health issues, medication can be equally as important and just as helpful as talking. However, while both have their place in restoring mental health wellbeing, it is always best to seek advice from a professional when medication is considered.

 “Who can I talk to?”

Talking about your mental health doesn’t always have to be to a professional. Talking to anyone you feel comfortable with, whether that be a friend, family member or colleague, is always a good thing. Getting or giving support to those around you can help improve everyone’s lives and create a caring and supportive community. If you feel as though professional help would be beneficial, don’t be afraid to reach out.

“Who can take part?”

The best thing about Time to Talk Day is that anyone and everyone can take part! Regardless of age, gender, or any other aspect of life everyone is encouraged to take part and share their stories. It doesn’t matter if you’ve experienced mental health issues before or if you’ve already opened up about them, Time to Talk Day gives space for all people to talk about their mental health without fear or stigma in a supportive community.

“Where can I find out more?”

If you would like to find out more, come and join us on Time to Talk Day on 6 February at Spire Portsmouth where there will be workshops run by medical professionals providing opportunities to further discuss mental wellbeing and how we can improve it. 

Dr Diana Coffey is a Consultant Psychiatrist, practising at Spire Hospital, Portsmouth.

 

The content in this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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