“Would you rather?” … this question used to make me roll my eyes as my daughter would follow it with some scenario, typical of a young tween such as ‘Would you rather constantly itch or sneeze?’ or ‘Would you rather be locked inside a church or a dinosaur museum for a night?’
This year, Time to Change are using the popular game as an ice breaker for this year’s Time To Talk campaign, which takes place 6th February.
Although one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their life, and there have been some amazing campaigns to end the stigma, there are still those who feel isolated, worthless or ashamed when it comes to mental health. And many people try and hide it with the hope they can just ‘get on’ with life or the belief that they should be able to somehow ‘get over’ it.
The aim of this year’s campaign is to change the way we think and act about mental health problems.
At the Health and Wellness Grid, we are well versed in helping people live a fulfilling and rewarding life, regardless of the mental health issues they might be dealing with. Whether you have anxiety, depression, are a worrier, get stressed and overwhelmed easily or feel that you ‘don’t cope’ in the same way as others, we have ways to help you.
Although it can be the most scary thing to do, simply talking to someone, in a safe, non-judgemental space can be one of the most liberating experiences. To be met without judgement and welcomed as you are can go a long way to building self confidence and esteem – which is lacking for many who are living with mental health conditions.
From that you’ll learn you are not alone. The facts are there for all to see – one in four people are affected and there is no ‘type’ of person that is immune to it. The rich and famous are as prone to this as a regular person like you and me. Males are as prone as females. And it doesn’t matter if you’re eight or 80, mental health doesn’t discriminate!
Once you feel safe and validated, we have many tried and tested tools and techniques to help you manage your condition. It might be simple ‘life hacks’ that we’ve picked up along the way (and yes, between us we’ve experienced depression, anxiety and trauma, so you really are not alone), to more in depth help through complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy or NLP – both of which can help you change the way you think, feel and behave. We might suggest gentle remedies such as Bach Flower Remedies to support you, or a reiki treatment to help you relax and unwind.
And remember too, that many people don’t want a bag of tools and techniques – they have plenty of those already. All they need is what we call “a jolly good listening too!” which we are more than happy to provide. A place for you to share what’s in your mind, in a safe space, without judgement and without hidden agendas or anyone trying to ‘fix’ you. Makes you feel better just thinking about it, right? Whilst well meaning friends and family have your best interest at heart, it can be infuriating to assume there is something wrong with you that needs fixing. We always bring to our work the belief that you are already whole, you’re already ‘ok’, you’ve got all the resources you need to enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding life – it’s just that sometimes we lose our way and need someone to help us remember our inner strengths and at other times we simply need people in our corner who have our back.
If you need Time To Talk, contact us today and book your first appointment. We work as a husband and wife team, so can bring our unique perspectives to your situation or, if you prefer to work with just one of us, that works for us too. This is your space, your time to talk…