Just as we all have physical health, we also all have mental health.

Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

Here at Carr Gomm we’ve been supporting people with experience of mental and emotional distress since 1998. We recognise every person as an individual, and that every experience is unique. We talk all the time and encourage connections between people. We don’t shy away from either a challenging conversation, or a difficult situation. Instead, we put our values into practice.

  • Choice
  • Control
  • Openness & Honesty
  • Interdependence
  • Respect

We believe in a person-centred approach, ensuring people have the support they need to live full and positive lives as active citizens. Here are some examples of how this works in practice:

  • Supporting a person who spent most of her life in a hospital institution to live her life freely, according to her choices.
  • Encouraging a person with acute psychosis to continue taking their prescribed medication every day.
  • Respectively listening to opinions different to our own, even when those conversations are challenging.
  • Working with a person to create a support plan that captures their individual requirements, current situation, and desired personal outcomes.

This is just a small snapshot of our support.

We reached out to both people supported and staff, and asked them to talk to us about mental health.

Being able to talk about mental health openly, without fear of stigmatization, is one of the most important conversations of our generation. We’re slowly but surely creating a new path, but there is still a long way to go. My hope for the future is that mental health is respected as much as physical health, and that stigmatization in all its forms becomes something for the history books.”

Eilidh

“I think it is important to talk about your mental health as it takes a weight off your shoulders. I personally find that if I bottle everything up, I find it hard to function. But if I share what is going on in my head and how I feel, then I feel much more connected and supported. Plus, it is so important to get advice outside of yourself, or just talk if you need to talk.”

Jessie 

Being honest and seeking help to find alternative ways to connect with others offering a safe space has never been more necessary to discuss the pandemic has highlighted the need for us all to maintain our wellbeing. When it’s ok not to be ok.” 

Andrew

This Time to Talk Day, why not pick-up the phone, send an email, comment on someone’s social media post that you haven’t seen in a while? Check-in, ask how they’re doing, and share some news. Let’s all do our bit to continue breaking down the barriers that surround talking about mental health. Remember, we all have mental health, and it is ok not to be ok.

 

Learn more about our mental health support: https://www.carrgomm.org/mental-health