It’s Time to Talk Day 2021
I mentioned to a colleague that ‘Time to Talk Day 2021’ was approaching, and she poised a very interesting question…“But what does Mental Health actually mean?”
Instinctively, I started listing off what I perceived to be mental health symptoms…”Anxiety,” “Stress,” “Depression.”
She stopped me in my tracks and explained that mental health is based on your emotional and psychological wellbeing, how your resilience is affected and that you don’t actually become stressed until you’re under pressure and that stress is, in fact, a symptom of that.
It made me realise that there is so much more depth to the mental health conversation than we realise.
According to Time to change, “around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself.”
Where does this shame and silence stem from? Why do people struggle to talk about their emotional and psychological wellbeing?
Perhaps they worry about a lack of understanding? Or perhaps it’s the British “stiff upper lip” mentality that we have been expected to adopt over the years.
In my personal opinion, times have changed, and we should be more understanding of the varying degrees of mental health problems people go through, especially during such unprecedented times as this. The Time to Change website provides a list of mental health problems to try to help people understand what symptoms to look out for so that you can feel more confident when talking or listening about mental health.
In the digital marketing arena in particular, mental health is more prevalent than ever before. As so many more people are online, websites and social media channels are flooded with content about mental health. The conversation is happening, and many people even use social media as an outlet to express their emotions in a way they perhaps can’t do in person. Would you recognise the signs if someone on your social media feed was inadvertently reaching out for help?
Sometimes even if a friend or family member says they are fine, they might not be! Spot the signs, reach out, ask twice and be prepared for that first conversation.
The Power of Small…A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference!