Good mental health at work: it all begins with a conversation #timetotalkday

Laura smiling, wearing a hat

On #timetotalkday, our Community Correspondent Laura McGlinn writes about the importance of talking about mental health at work

For a start most of us we spend more time with our co-workers than most people in our life.

We all have a life outside of work and within. But, do you really know what is going on with those around you? I recently attended the #worksmental conference on this subject and how it can be improved by us and our employers.

Do you choose to ignore mental health, good or bad, because you have so much going on in your busy life? We are all juggling, trying to catch a moment in time to just BE.

How do you get there?Or you want to learn but don’t know where to start? Is fear or shame holding you back: fear of being judged, mis-understood? If I speak up I may just lose my job!

That fear of returning back to work after some much needed time out after a loss, illness, stress. That anxiety gripping you, the inner critic overwhelming your thoughts.

STOP: it all begins with a conversation… with yourself and those around you. Taking away the stigma and shame all around us, in the street, the corner shop, the staff canteen, waiting on your child coming out from school, placing a helpline number for debt and safe places to chat on a notice board. Noticing changes and just checking in on yourself and those around you.

Be gentle, be kind: we are all on some rollercoaster of Life.

There is no I in Teamwork but there is in WIn! We can win this.  Start talking and start sharing!

I’m in.  Are You?



One Response to Good mental health at work: it all begins with a conversation #timetotalkday

  1. Pru Davies February 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    #timetotalkday I really like this Laura, particularly the paragraph where you say STOP: it all begins with a conversation…..something that seems so obvious and so simple but for so many appears so daunting. Personally, my timetotalk occurred when I spoke for the first time about my life before, during and in recovery to SeeMe back in October 2002. Campaigns like this help people to take that first step, in whatever form they choose. There are so many ways now, whether through the arts, media, film, story telling, volunteering, that enable us to express our feelings. Choose whatever works for you. That’s what I did.

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