Counselling Directory Encourage Conversations Around Mental Health This Time to Talk Day

On Time to talk day (Thursday 6th February), Counselling Directory shares the thoughts of its professional members, on the importance of talking and eradicating the stigmas around mental health and illness.

Counselling Directory member Sophie Robinson-Matthews explains that mental health “is something that we all have, yet any struggle with it is largely invisible. A conversation is a way to broach the subject of any struggles so that the person can receive help or reassurance.”

Pam Custers, Counselling Directory member and relationship therapist adds, “Often our head is filled with an internal dialogue that is hard to stop or become clear. Talking allows us to get perspective on our worries and reduces our anxiety and stress.”

“A lot of research backs up the connection between talking and a reduction of stress and anxiety” explains Pam.

Yet Counselling Directory member Amy Drake adds that it’s not just up to the individuals to have this conversation but society too “It really is everyone’s responsibility to start the conversation and ask questions, take an interest. Not just mental health professionals and those who live through it. Workplaces, media outlets, education settings and communities could all do more to contribute to the conversation.”

Advice for talking about mental health:

If you’re struggling with your mental health and finding it difficult to open up to others, Counselling Directory member Sophie Robinson-Matthews advises that you:

  • Take a moment to have a think about what you would say to a loved one, who you believed was struggling in your position
  • Consider the safe places you could go, to speak to someone who is a professional in the mental health field, such as charities, helplines and your GP
  • Ring an anonymous helpline - If you are afraid or feel a bit lost as to what the next steps may be, someone can guide you or just listen to you, if that's what you want.

“Instead of keeping our thoughts and feelings to ourselves it honestly is a case of ‘two heads are better than one’ when it comes to talking about that which is important to us,” concludes counsellor Pam Custers.

To find more information about where to get help and crisis support you can look on Happiful’s help directory.

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Counselling Directory members are available for further comments this Time to talk day.

If you want to be connected with a Counselling Directory professional please contact Alice Greedus on or 01276 580047.

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About Counselling Directory:

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