Time to Talk

28 01 2014

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

As those who know me in real life will attest, I’m not very good at telling people when I’m struggling. It’s a mixture of things really – shame at not coping better and of letting people down, my own indomitable stubborness to do everything alone and most of all, the difficulty in finding the right words.

On February 6th, it is Time to Talk Day – a chance for people from all over the country (and abroad – I’ll be doing it in France!) to sit down with a cup of tea and have a chat. As the Time to Change website says, you don’t have to be a professional to talk about mental health, and it isn’t as hard as it sometimes can seem.

As I’ve said before, sometimes it’s the smallest actions that mean the most – a text to see if you’re feeling any better, a silly email that makes you laugh when things are tough or a card in the post to let you know that someone is thinking of you. Why not use this as an opportunity to get the conversation started?

Obsessively compulsively yours,




One response

28 01 2014

It is hard to tell people you’re struggling, isn’t it? For me, the specific guilt/shame comes from the fact that I’ve been trying to overcome the same problems for so long. It’s, like, “what – you’re *still* struggling with that?!”
Time to Talk day sounds like a great initiative.

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