The importance of talking on World Mental Health Day

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It’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October – we want to explore the importance of talking, especially in a world where social media and disability can offer opportunities when isolation is at high levels.  So, grab a cup of tea and lets talk mental health.

Sharing experiences

One important step in tackling mental health issues is about talking to others who might have similar experiences.  However, that’s easier said than done.  Even with anonymity on the internet, to share something personal as your own situation is just as difficult as sharing face to face.

Talking on Social Media

Some charities offer telephone or email discussion services and these can be a good start to getting some ideas about options open to you.  Making the first step to share something small can help.

What other options are there?

There are many groups on the internet which can offer an open discussion forum for you.  Three such groups are Wheely Brits, Awesome Wheelies and DHorizons Tribe.  You must always remember that the groups are managed on a ‘trust’ basis and might not always be moderated.  They will often have members who might have ideas for little life hacks to help you tackle daily problems.

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Sometimes charities will have a group affiliated to their own Facebook page – you can also use these to seek advice related to your disability.

Talking to professionals

Talking on the internet can often help get issues out there.  It isn’t a substitute for talking to someone trained to help resolve your issues.  MIND is one such charity that can help and we’d recommend looking at their website for more contact details.  They have a great video (below).  Your local GP can also signpost you to services within your area.

Talking to the Samaritans

The Samaritans are a charity who operate a 24 hour telephone service.  You can call them free on 116 123 in the UK or Ireland.

What would you suggest?

Share your suggestions and mechanisms for helping to look after your mental health in the comments below.  We’d love to know your thoughts.  You can click here to register or login.  You can also leave any advice or supportive words for others.

A wheelchair user for 20 years, Dominic looks at how a wheelchair works for its user base, not the brochure. Dominic is our lead editor.

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