7 Steps to Starting Those Conversations

7 Steps to Starting Those Conversations

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 Positivelypositivity 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?

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Become a PatronDisclaimer: I am not an expert, nor am I medically qualified.  This blog is based on my personal experiences only.  Always seek medical advice in the first instance.