How to... have conversations about mental health

Understanding Mental Health

Mental health is good emotional health and wellbeing and is just as important as good physical health. We all have times when we feel down, stressed or worried. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.  

Things to consider

Useful Questions

This may seem a strange question, but becasue mental health. is still not openly talked about in the mainstream, it can be difficult for someone to kick start a conversation on the topic. Asking a question like this can open up the conversation. We all have mental health and will each have things which affect it

It is common to struggle to ask for what we need. By asking this question you provide an opportunity for that person to make a request. People often know what they need, they just don’t want to ask outright for it

When we provide a reflection or observation of a change in someone we may just be providing the awareness they need to resolve their own issue. We can be bad at seeing ourselves as others see us

Our actions, behaviours and attitudes can inadvertently be affecting the other person

When someone is struggling with mental health issues there can be avoidance of talking openly about it. Asking someone to explain validates them but can also help you understand at a deeper level

Worry is the biggest cause of mental ill health. And we know that most of us coupe up our worries and don’t share them. But we also knows what happens when we do share them – they often seem less of a worry

Feelings play a real role in our mental wellbeing. Asking someone you know has a history of mental health concerns can help eep a good level of conversation and concern

We overlook the things that bring joy and happiness. Focussing on these things and planning how to access more of them can help avoid mental ill health

Taking a first, simple step towards a positive action can help our wellbeing

Videos on Mental Health

Useful Reading & Resources on Mental Health