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World Mental Health Day 2023

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. 

"Mental health is a
universal human right!"

For more information visit Mental Health Foundation.

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

Talking About Your Mental Health

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Prepare yourself for their reaction

Hopefully, you will have a good experience when you open-up to someone. But there’s a chance that they may not react in the way you hope. This may be for different reasons, like they may be worried or not fully understand at first. If that’s the case, try to give them time to process what you’ve told them.

Talking to Someone About Their Mental Health

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.