Talking about Mental Health is not always easy, but a small conversation holds the power to make a big difference. Headed up by Mind UK and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to acknowledge the importance of communicating with friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers. 1-in-4 people struggle with their Mental Health at some point in their life. Yet, too many people feel ashamed and isolated because of the associated stigma. However, talking about Mental Health gradually reduces this stigma and empowers people to seek the help that they need.

Today we are encouraging our employees, clients, and everyone else that we connect with to take a moment to check in with themselves, and others. We know that the more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. And we want to be a part of the change. Below are some tips that Time to Talk have compiled on how to make these conversations easier:

  1. Ask questions and listen

    Try to ask questions that are open and not leading or judgmental, like “how does that affect you?” or “what does it feel like?”

  2. Think about the time and place

    Sometimes it’s easier to talk side by side rather than face to face. So, if you do talk in person, you might want to chat while you are doing something else.

  3. Don’t try and fix it

    Just talking can be really powerful, so unless they’ve asked for advice directly, it might be best just to listen.

  4. Treat them the same

    If you want to support them, keep it simple. Do the things you’d normally do.

  5. Be patient

    No matter how hard you try, some people might not be ready to talk about what they’re going through – that’s ok.

Our job as a law firm is to provide help and advice to those who ask for it. However, although a solution is sometimes desired by the people who confide in you about their Mental Health, often, the most powerful solution is simply a listening ear.

Check in with your co-workers today, drop your friends a message, call a family member. Give yourself and those you care about the time to talk, because talking can save lives.

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The contents of this post do not constitute legal advice and are provided for general information purposes only