Today is Time to Talk Day – 24-hours put aside to remind us all why mental health should be part of our conversations every day.
Whether you choose to ask your friend how they’re *really* doing over a brew and a bourbon cream, or take time to share your experiences with thousands online, the main thing is to break the stigma of discussing mental health.
We all know how important our mental health is – and how many people struggle with problems at any time in their lives. It’s sometimes hard to know what to do, whether you’re the one struggling, or not.
There’s a long way to go, but for now, here’s a reminder that you can start by talking, and listening to others.
I’ve written a personal poem that seems perfect for today. It’s my way of talking.
Places I’ve Talked
I’ve brought up bipolar in the bedroom
and taken anxiety on an outdoor adventure.
I’ve shared my panic attacks in parking spaces
and debated with depression over decaf tea at 3.
I’ve read opinion pieces on personality disorders
and raw accounts of anorexia online,
and never once has any conversation
ended in regret or humiliation.