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Choose to listen and talk about mental health…help change lives!

| Becca Clayton

How often do you talk about mental health? We say that “Time to Talk Day” on Thursday 4th February is the perfect opportunity to get your workplace talking about mental health. WHY? Because mental health problems affect one in four of us and still too many people can feel isolated and ashamed because of this. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

So why is talking so important?

In a nut shell…. we know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down. This will help to end the isolation & shame that too many people with mental health problems are made to feel. Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to talk about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

No one is immune to mental health problems!!

Someone you know will have a mental health problem right now; a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you.

There are no hard and fast rules for talking about mental health… just being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and / or to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference.

Starting the Conversation..

A great place to start is here, whether for yourself or a friend, family member or colleague.This simple self-assessment tool is really powerful, click on the link or image below to download it.

Wellbeing Self Assessment tool 2021

It is based on WEMWBS (The Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale created by mental wellbeing experts and is often used by scientists and psychologists to measure wellbeing).

We want to help you to move up the spectrum to thriving & excelling. If you need support. Reach out.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental illhealth affects our work. It is associated, for instance, with decreased productivity, mood irritability leading to increased interpersonal conflict, increased absenteeism, and short-term and long-term disability. This is why we are so passionate at Tonic about helping our clients to create safe and healthy workplace environments. It is essential.

Providing resources to a colleague who might suffer from a mental health problem or guiding him or her to the right direction can be very helpful, dare we life-saving! Encouraging people to seek professional care and providing support, understanding & acceptance are essential. Education and increasing knowledge of mental health issues help us, and in turn, enable us talk more easily about any mental health issues.

Find our more about our workshops and training courses. Tonic Toolbox We can also help with policy and surveys too.

Just before we sign off, on behalf of our entire team of wellbeing experts please remember…

“Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. It is so true.

Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing all you can to stay healthy”.

If you need more information or are interested we have some great further readingfor you, we have articles, tools, tips and can offer 1-2-1 and group support and solutions.

Time to Talk Day is led by Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

Time to Change is led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Mind Body Green offers help for men in expressing their emotions.

If you need immediate help, please reach out now.

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