Tips for Talking

UK mental health charity Time to Change produced a series of short anti-stigma videos for youth, and this episode features five young people sharing five tips about how to talk about mental health with a friend who has a mental health issue.

“Talking about mental health can strengthen friendships, aid recovery, break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that affects us all,” says the web page Don’t Be Afraid To Talk. So often, people are reluctant to disclose their issues, afraid of negative reactions. Break the cycle and combat social stigma by being a friend who will talk about it openly and without judgment.

Tips including letting the friend set the pace, asking questions (about symptoms, how they’re doing today), seeking support for yourself, and more.

Today is World Mental Health Day: a great opportunity to start a conversation.

I blog for World Mental Health Day

Producer: Time for Change Featuring: Eva, Charlotte, Bryony, Emily, unidentified
Format: Flash Date: 27/06/12
Length: 00:02:32  
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Kiume, S. (2012). Five Tips for Talking about Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 24, 2014, from


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