7 Steps to Start Conversations
Do you struggle to get the conversations about mental health going? Do you, like me, think talking about mental health is important? A lot of people find getting these conversations started difficult. Why? Because mental health is such a stigmatised and uncomfortable topic to talk about. It’s hard to get those conversations going. Wouldn’t you agree?
So how do we do it?
Don’t worry, I’ve assembled a collection of my top tips for starting those conversations. Different ways to talk about mental health, different techniques for getting those conversations going and maintaining them. I’ve broken them down into seven steps for you. Take a look!
Talking Things Through
- Listen – listening is one of the key points for talking things through. If you don’t listen, how can you understand?
- Talking Positively – positivity is not the key, positive phrasing is!
- Sensitivity – there is a time for everything as well as a place.
- Moderation – “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times” might not be the best way forwards…
- Mindfulness – ask yourself: how, who, when, why, where and what?
- Apologies – do you know someone who apologises a lot? Do you say “it’s OK”? Find out why they do it.
- When I Disappear – disappearance can be scary, especially with mental health, but is it always bad?
Other Useful Links
- Community Forums – are group discussions your thing? Join our forums and get those discussions going!
- The Onus – We’re Here For You – one thing that we really need to stop doing! Check it out here.
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