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Invitation for reflection by Stamp It Out Anti-Stigma Ambassador - Time to Talk Day 2022

In the lead up to Time to Talk Day 2022, our Stamp It Out Stigma Ambassador, Kalina, has kindly shared her experience of the importance of opening up.

"Tiktok, tiktok. Business, speed, run, race, deadline, rush. Tiktok, tiktok.

I think it is fair to say that we are all busy these days. Most of the time in a hurry, running from one thing to another, trying our best to hold everything together: home, work, family, hobbies, time for ourselves.

There is always something important to do which makes me think how often we pause, give ourselves time to catch a breath, reflect, talk to others.

I would like to invite you for a little reflection and explore your own thoughts:

  • Have you ever wondered whether there is anyone around you who might experience poor mental health, needs to talk and be heard?

  • When was the last time you were really present for someone, took notice, listened and empathised?

  • Do you pay attention to the language you use when talking about mental health?

Time to talk Day gives us a great opportunity to connect with our family, friends, colleagues and have conversations about mental health. Creating space, reaching out and opening our hearts has the power not only to support others, but to change lives.

Following this year's theme 'However you do it', our Stamp It Out team have shared their thoughts of what this means to them:

  • I start with myself and my own thoughts around mental health

  • I check with my own feelings

  • I share my experience with others

  • I think about the language I use

  • I raise awareness around mental health

  • I challenge the stigma and discrimination around mental health

  • I ask about others about their coping mechanisms while experiencing difficulties

We would like to encourage you to think about your own ideas to connect to others and have a conversation.

Talking matters, so however you do it, do it."

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