The 6th of February might not seem like a date to remember to most of us, but for some it could help them tackle the stigma of suffering with mental health issues.
It is ‘Time to Talk Day‘, a day dedicated to creating awareness about mental health and the importance of talking about the issue.
Often when you’re struggling mentally, the last thing that you want to do is talk.
Talking about it is difficult, but it’s important that you do because mental health is a very real issue!
As I have learned myself, the first stage on the road to overcome is to talk to someone about your emotional and mental state.
You could talk to family, a friend, a partner. However, this might be uncomfortable for some.
If you don’t have a close group of supportive people in your life, then there’s always the Samaritans . They do excellent work, and offer someone to talk to, 24 hours a day, who’ll listen to you without judgement.
It also couldn’t be easier to get help, as they offer support over the phone, email or in person.
Talking about how you’re feeling inside can release pressure, help you feel clearer, and it serves as a platform to build off, as you develop a management strategy to improve overall mental health.
If you or a loved one are struggling with depression or anxiety, I recommend that you read my self care process , and try applying it in your daily life.
It is part of my Self Care Series of blogs, which contains a lot of information to help manage depression, anxiety and stress.
I hope you’ll help spread awareness of ‘Time to Talk Day’ and show your support. Here’s how!
Until next time, “Strength for life”,
Davie McConnachie, creator of DMC Fitness and Dynamic Mind Conditioning, is an expert health and wellness coach, multi-award winning motivational speaker, award-winning gym owner, writer and published poet.
Athletically, Davie has competed nationally in MMA, Boxing and Thai Boxing, and internationally in kettlebell sport. Davie enjoyed the London Marathon, several half marathons and is a regular mountain trekker.