My Name is Charlotte and I have a mental illness.
I don’t normally upload on a Thursday but today, the 4th of February, is the Time to Change #timetotalk campaign day! Time to Change is an anti-stigma mental health campaign run by two of the leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink.
Every year, they hold a campaign day over social media and at workplaces to get conversations about mental health flowing in the bid to make people feel less ashamed talking about mental health.
Mental Health affects 1 in 4 people every year and can affect anyone at any-time. The more willingness people show to speak out the more accepted the conversation will become.
Accepting help was the best decision I’ve made and have had CBT to combat and come to terms with the way my brain works. CBT is away of understanding my mental illness, coming to terms with it and working on ways to make living with it easier.
Over the past few years as my confidence has grown, I have become more vocal about mental health and I have been lucky with the responses. Wether this be consulting your GP like me or even just speaking to a close family member or friend. I think it really helps to have someone who you trust know about the situation. My best friends have been of great help and a huge support over the last few years – being able to talk to somebody with no judgement is the thing that has helped me the most in the last few years.
Throughout Time to Talk Day I will be tweeting, facebooking and partaking in general chit chat about mental health in the bid to increase awareness. I don’t think anyone should be ashamed to talk about or accept help for mental illness. If you’d like to get involved online take a look at the ways here: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday-online
Until Next Time,
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