Time to Talk
Today, Thursday 2 February, is Time to Talk Day 2017. Time to Talk Day is an annual awareness raising day, designed to encourage people to start (and continue) conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
If you’ve been thinking about looking into therapy, for whatever issues you’re dealing with, there’s no better time than right now. Use Time to Talk Day as your motivation to get talking!
Of course, talking about mental health can be really tough. Although we’re getting better, there is still a lot of stigma around mental illness – particularly more severe conditions like psychosis, personality disorder and trauma.
But if you are struggling, talking really can make such a difference. Believe me. Personally, this year I’m trying to make more of an effort to open up to friends and family about what’s going on with my mental health. I’m not always very good at it, but I’m getting there.
If you’re not yet ready for that – or even if you are – talking therapy can be a great way to process your thoughts and feelings with a neutral professional. As I wrote for VICE a couple of years ago though, not all therapies work the same for everyone. There’s no hard and fast rule to finding a therapy that works for you. A lot of it comes down to your relationship with the therapist, and it’s ok to use a bit of trial and error to find the right one.
In my latest piece for Refinery29 UK, I wrote a guide to some of the different types of talking therapies out there.
There’s a pretty wide range of options out there, with varying levels of availability and waiting times, depending on your area and ability to pay. But, particularly when you’re feeling vulnerable, the overwhelming abundance of mental health terms can be confusing to try and navigate. Do you need counselling or psychotherapy? A psychologist or a psychiatrist? It’s a lot to unpick – so here’s a breakdown of some of the different therapies available to help you out.
IF YOU NEED SUPPORT
Please note that I am NOT a psychologist or healthcare professional. If you are struggling with mental health problems, contact Mind on 0300 123 3393 or Rethink Mental Health on 0300 5000 927. In a crisis, call the free, 24/7 Samaritans helpline on 116 123.
However, if you would like to get in touch about your own experiences, or a story that you’re keen to tell, please feel free to drop me an email.