Time to Talk
What is #timetotalk all about?
Time to change – the idea is simple, take 5 minutes out of your day to talk about mental health. It can be a conversation that takes place in the work place, between friends, at school/uni, in the local community, between family, or online.
As someone who has previously suffered from depression, self harm and anxiety, I find it fairly easy to talk about mental health now. However there was a time when I didn’t. I suffered for almost 2 years before I finally went to a doctor and got the help I needed. I kept it hidden from my family and friends. If anyone tried to talk to me about it I said I was fine, looking back I did a rubbish job at hiding it. I quite clearly wasn’t fine but the first step I needed to take was actually admitting to myself that I had a problem, once I’d done that I went to the doctor and got help. Now I’ve made that sound easy, it wasn’t. It took me a long time to do it, I put it off many times. In fact before going to the doctors I actually went online, found a few groups of other young people also suffering from depression and began talking to them. They encouraged me to go to the doctors and I eventually did. I was put on antidepressants, and giving the chance to talk to someone about my problems. There’s that word – talk.
I found it incredibly hard to open up at first. I had 8 sessions all together, the first time I’m fairly sure I didn’t say anything. Once I realised that in order to get the help I wanted I realised I would have to talk. So I did. It was (and still is) a long journey, you won’t be ‘fixed’ straight away but with time you can feel better.
There are many different types of mental health problems, and it can affect men and women. When I found out I was pregnant one of the things I first thought about was my history of depression and would I be able to cope. I can still have bad days, despite it being 15 years since I first became depressed, but I definitely have more good.