Statistics show that approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and the Mental Health Foundation reports that 75% of those who experience mental ill-health do not seek help due to the stigma attached to it. This stigma leads to a lack of understanding and misinformation about mental health, which in turn makes it more difficult for people to talk openly about their experiences and access support when they need it.
The impact of the stigma surrounding mental health can have severe consequences for individuals and society as a whole. People who experience mental health problems may be more likely to feel isolated, ashamed, and alone, and may face discrimination in their personal and professional lives. This can lead to a lack of employment opportunities and financial stability, further exacerbating mental health problems.
Time to Talk Day is helpful because it promotes the idea that talking about mental health can be beneficial for both individuals and society as a whole. By encouraging people to have open and honest conversations about mental health, the day helps to break down the stigma and discrimination that can prevent people from seeking help when they need it. This can lead to better mental health outcomes for individuals, as well as a more inclusive and supportive community.
Having open conversations about mental health also helps to normalise the issue and make it less taboo. This can make it easier for people to talk about their own experiences and seek support from others. It also helps to create a more understanding and supportive environment for those who are struggling with mental health issues.
In addition, Time to Talk Day also serves as an opportunity for people to learn about mental health, and how to support those who may be struggling. This can help to increase knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and help to create more empathetic and supportive communities.
How can bMindful Psychology support? We recognise that for some, whilst initiatives like Time to Talk Days can be helpful to start a discussion, they are still left suffering with their mental health and wellbeing. It might be that further support is needed and this is where bMindful Psychology can offer just that. We have dedicated and trained clinicians who use a trauma informed approach and evidence-based practices to work with people of all ages to improve their overall mental health.
Should you wish to speak to a member of our team for more information about how this might look for you, contact us on 0161 510 0111. Alternatively, please visit our website at www.bmindfulpsychology.co.uk to check out what we do and how we can best support you or your business.
Helpful sites that offer support and guidance Here is a list of links that can help support people with their mental health in the UK:
Mind – www.mind.org.uk – a leading mental health charity in England and Wales that provides information, support, and advice for those experiencing mental health problems.
Rethink Mental Illness – www.rethink.org – a charity that provides support and advice for people affected by mental illness, as well as campaigning for improved services and greater understanding of mental illness.
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org – a charity that provides a confidential, non-judgmental listening service for anyone in emotional distress. They can be contacted by phone, email, or letter.
Anxiety UK – www.anxietyuk.org.uk – a charity that provides support and information for people with anxiety disorders.
YoungMinds – www.youngminds.org.uk – a charity that provides information, support, and advice for young people with mental health problems and their parents and carers.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) – www.thecalmzone.net – a charity that aims to prevent male suicide in the UK.
SANE – www.sane.org.uk – a charity that provides emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
Time to Change – www.time-to-change.org.uk – a campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.