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World Mental Health Day

10th October 2023

"Mental Health is a universal right!"

World Mental Health Day (10th October) is a day to talk about mental health and show everyone that mental health matters. It’s also a day to let people know that it’s okay to ask for help, no matter what you’re going through. 

This year, over 260,000 people have had a ‘Tea & Talk’ for World Mental Health Day!

You can download your free Mental Health Foundation Tea & Talk fundraising pack here. For more information on mental health, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

Talking about your Mental Health

Choose someone to talk to

This might be a friend, family member or someone at work. Alternatively, you might be more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know e.g. through a support helpline.

Think about the best place to talk

It’s important to choose a place where you feel comfortable enough to open up. You might want to choose somewhere private where you’re less likely to be disturbed. You also might want to talk while you do an activity, like walking together.

Prepare yourself for their reaction

Opening up to someone may result in a positive experience, though there's a chance they may not react as expected. This could be for various reasons, such as concerns or initial lack of understanding. If this happens, allow them time to process what you said.

Talking to someone about their Mental Health

Find a good space to talk without distractions

If you’re worried about someone, try to find a place where you know you can have a conversation without being distracted. Make sure to give them your full attention.

Listen and ask questions

Listening can be one of the most valuable ways to be there for someone. Show them that you’re actively listening by facing them, making eye contact, and not interrupting.

Ask how you can help

Ask how you can help or make suggestions, rather than telling them what to do next. They might want support with making a GP appointment, help around the house, or just for you to keep things normal and chat about what’s going on in your life.