2nd Feb 2017
Time to Talk Day is a day that brings the nation together to talk and break the silence around mental health problems. Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it.
BulliesOut are huge supporters of mental health campaigns such as ‘Time to Talk’. As an anti-bullying charity, we know that those who are bullied are at increased risk for mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and headaches.
Bullying has long been considered a cruel and unnecessary blight on many young people’s childhoods. But when it comes to mental health, research has shown that the consequences of childhood bullying can carry well into adulthood. Persistent bullying when young is also linked to relationships breaking down and low employment* – other issues which are linked to increased mental health problems.
It is vital that we look after not only our own mental health but that of others; family, friends, colleagues and even strangers. With one in four people affected by mental health issues, right now, the likelihood of it affecting someone you know is high. Yet, like bullying, people are still afraid to talk about it and this leads to many people suffering alone and feeling isolated and afraid.
Unfortunately, it is the attitudes of others that stop people with mental health problems receiving the help and support they need. ‘Time to Talk’ day aims to get people talking about mental health and the issues that can cause it. Of course, we know that one day is simply not enough but it’s a start. Through this, we will ‘normalise’ the way we talk about mental health, awareness will grow, the stigma surrounding it will be reduced and hopefully stopped and this will aid recovery, improve relationships and break down the stereotypes of an issue that affects us all. Most importantly, those who are affected will not feel isolated and alone, they won’t feel judged and this will make a huge difference to their quality of life.
So today, BulliesOut will be talking positively about mental health and we ask you to do the same. We will discuss it in our work with young people and encourage them to speak out if they feel it affects them. Please join in. Wherever you are, whatever the time, every conversation, every text, every share about mental health means more people are reached and more lives are changed.
We want people to know that help is out there and no-one has to suffer alone. If you would like to talk to someone, email our BulliesOut e-Mentors on firstname.lastname@example.org
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