More than one third of the people taking part in the survey had struggled to find the right time to start a conversation, while more than one quarter had been living with their problems in silence, as they could not find the right place or people to raise their concerns with. More than one in five reported that it took them a year to find the “perfect” time to discuss the issues they were facing.
It’s Time to Talk
Conversations can make a huge difference to the quality of people’s lives, regardless of when and where they take place. Whether you’re at home, at work, or just driving somewhere, now is a good time to start being more open about mental health. There is still a stigma around admitting if your mental health is not “where it should be”, but mental health challenges affect a huge portion of the population. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, explained that conversation is powerful, and taking small steps to help others can contribute to a society that is better, and more mentally resilient.