Do you know someone who has struggled with mental health? Possibly you are that someone. It is time to #talkaboutit! This campaign, led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, encourages people to start conversations that will help end the negative stigma surrounding mental health. Did you know that one in four people is effected by mental illness? It’s nothing to be ashamed of so we put together a few examples of how you can be supportive to a loved one who may be afraid to #talkaboutit.

•Listen when your friend needs to talk. Be attentive and patient. Sometimes just letting someone know you are willing to listen when they are ready to talk is a huge comfort.
•Laughter is still the best medicine! New studies have shown that laughing reduces symptoms of depression as well as help those suffering feel more connected to others. You probably know your loved one better than anyone else. Use that knowledge to laugh with them as often as possible.
•Encourage your loved one everyday. Point out accomplishments and strengths as often as possible to remind your loved one they are valued.

The main goal of this movement is to break the stigma of mental health. Celebrities are even getting involved by sharing their own personal stories. After all, it can happen to anyone. Catherine Zeta Jones recently spoke out about her challenge with bipolar disorder. Demi Lovato, Jon Hamm, Carrie Fisher, and Ashley Judd have also admitted to struggling with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.” J.K. Rowling

“I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that’s left. I’m lucky I found one little glimmer stored away.” Lady GaGa

There are lots of things you can do to get involved and start to #talkaboutit. Let’s work together to support our loved ones and start talking about mental health!

To learn how to get involved with the #talkaboutit movement, click on this link: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved