It can be hard to know how to open up to your friends and family about your mental health struggles. You might feel like you're burdening them, or that they won't understand.
But talking openly and honestly about your mental health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It can help you feel more connected to the people around you, and it can also help them better understand and support you.
If you're not sure how to start the conversation, we've got some tips for you. Keep reading for advice on how to talk to your friends and family about your mental health struggles.
Since 2000 The Mental Health Foundation has been raising awareness and fostering a space for us to openly talk about our mental health, providing resources and advice to help us look after it. The campaign focuses on a different theme each year, and in 2021, we’re looking to Nature for a better connection with our psychological and emotional health.
So here we are again, in the midst of another full National Lockdown as we head out of 2020 and into 2021. With restrictions expected to last until at least the middle of Febuary, for most of us this will mean much more time away from those we usually connect with and spending more time indoors. While lockdown was previously carried out throughout spring, this time it will be during winter. It seems important then, that we try to find some positives to help us through those dark evenings.
Christmas can be a hard time for some people anyway, without being in the midst of a pandemic. This year has definitely not been normal and it looks like Christmas will follow suit as the government has announced that up to 3 households are allowed to meet between the 23rd and 27th of December. For some, the pandemic won’t change their festive plans and that’s great! However, for others, who can’t be with their whole family, or others who may be by themselves to protect vulnerable family members, Christmas may be a very strange and disheartening time. We’ve come up with some things to think about and do, to try beat these blues!