Time to Talk Day is on 1 February 2018. Wherever you are, you can talk about mental health.
As a Time to Change Champion I work hard to raise awareness of mental health. So it’s important to know that if a person is struggling they probably won’t call even their closest friend – they don’t want to feel like a burden.
One of the best ways to help them, is to check up on them, not just let them know you’re there. Here are some resources, if they do reach out, that you can pass on.
Samaritans: 116 123 (UK) http://Samaritans.org
Papyrus: (preventing suicide in young people) 0800 068 41 41
Combat Stress (UK Veterans Mental Health Charity): http://combatstress.org.uk 0800 138 1619
Calm Zone (specifically for men): https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/
Mind information leaflets on different types of mental health: http://mind.org.uk
Heads Together’s Tips for Talking: http://headstogether.org.uk/tipsfortalking
Also videos like:
“Be in your mate’s corner” video by Time to Change is here: https://youtu.be/3l8LpDitZvY
“Finding the words to ask for help” video by Mind: https://youtu.be/Dqb-n_L5hIA
Responding with empathy: https://helpingyousparkle.com/2017/10/25/making-space-to-talk-responding-with-empathy-when-someones-struggling/
Thanks for doing your bit. Keep the conversation going.