Time to Talk

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It’s Time to Talk day, in the UK.
This is a nationally recognised day which encourages people to talk about mental health conditions.

I’m no expert, but I do have a personal interest in mental health, and have completed several courses on the subject.

Anxiety. Depression. Eating disorders.
Mention mental health and people don’t know what to say. They would rather ignore than face it.

Having dealt with mental health conditions myself and with it being Time to Talk day, I felt it was a good day to encourage people to talk about mental health, whether you suffer with it personally or know someone who does. Statistics show mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people.

A couple of tips that have helped me:

Talk
Whether it be family, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, a schoolmate. Whoever you trust. Don’t bottle up your feelings, that’ll only make it worse.

Triggers
Reduce or remove triggers where at all possible. It’ll take time to figure out what sets off your mental health issues, but once you do, you may find improvements if you start to tackle your triggers.

Recovery
It’s long and hard, but you can get there. Remember that it isn’t something that will be fixed overnight, and medication helps to a certain point but it is up to you to look after yourself. There will be ups and downs but that is normal. Make time for you. You deserve it!

Go to: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk for more information

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