Friday, 6 September 2013

Time to Talk

If you haven't seen it already, here's a snap of my snazzy new temporary tattoo courtesy of the lovely peeps at Time to Change.
Its all part of their latest campaign designed to get people chatting more about mental health.
Which I think, is an absolutely super duper plan. Top banana all round.
I've just been looking on their website and they've got some great tips on how to start that conversation with someone you know who's struggling.
Do check out their website for the full list and details, but here is my edited version...
Don't be afraid to talk about it...It can seem like the pink elephant in the room, but don't let it be. If there was a real life pink elephant in a room you would want to go and say hello, you wouldn't want to ignore it, poor pink elephant, that would be mean. So, if you know your friend/family member/whoever has been struggling, don't ignore the issue, ask them about it. Don't pretend it doesn't exist. And remember that poor pink elephant.
Never tell a person to cheer up. Please don't. If you do I will come running after you with a stick and poke you.
Ask what you can do for them...   Everyone is different. (Obviously.) But remember that what kind of support you find helpful, might be different to what someone else finds helpful. If you don't ask, you wont know, so ask. I dare you.
Stop looking at your watch (or calendar.) Miracles can happen. But not over night. Be patient. And let them know you're gonna be around for the long haul flight option (not just a 2 hour trip to Spain.)
As I said, this is just my own little edited version of what you can check out on the Time to Change website.
So go out, start a conversation, and change someone's day for the better.
I expect great things of you all.

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