Do you think anyone really listens after they say “How are you?” No, not really. We all know that the greeting “Y’orright?” isn’t really a question but why is the very English “How do you do?” batted back with “How do you do?”
What happens when someone is aching to answer “I’m far from fine”, or “I’m not able to do anything much at all because I feel terrible!”? We stay quiet because it is what we’ve been taught to do.
In a mighty effort to change the English reserve for the better, Time to Change is holding a Time to Talk Day.
Today, the 5th February we should all spend 5 minutes letting someone share how they feel, whether they have a mental health issue or just need a listening ear.
Not sure how to start the meaningful conversation? Go to www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday for some really great materials including one of those “pick a number” folded paper games.
Or, if you know that someone is having a tough time, just revert to the very English “I’ll put the kettle on”.Tags: 5th feb, mental health, time to talk, time to talk day
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