Whenever I write about mental health, or any struggles and challenges, I remember the old BT advert: 'it's good to talk'. Showing my age? Perhaps. But it's true, it IS good to talk.
There are so many other little quotes and phrases that I could use. 'A problem shared is a problem halved' is a good'un too.
When you're struggling with your mental health it can often seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to talk to people because of your fear of what they might say or think. This stigma is still very real, and it's understandable that you might feel that way.
But please try to find a way past that. Even if you just break the silence a little bit, by telling a close friend or family member that you've not been feeling too sharp. You don't have to go into detail, just let them know that you're having a bit of a tough time.
Test the water like this and you'll probably be surprised at just how positive and supportive the response is. Then you can decide whether or not you would like to go into more depth.
Trust me, it will feel damn good to let this stuff out!
Talking is good, and Time To Talk is a good time to start talking about it.
If you suspect that a friend might be struggling, ask them how they are. It's not fucking hard is it? You shouldn't be scared of the response. Don't be scared that they might unload all their problems and hardships on you. Instead, hope that they do! Because that might be exactly what they need.
It all starts with a cuppa.
Put the kettle on, yeah?