It’s Time To Talk says local AM
Dawn Bowden AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is supporting the Time to Talk about mental health day today. Time to Talk Day 2018 takes place today Thursday 1st February. It’s a chance for everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
Dawn Bowden said “Mental health problems are common. One in four of us will be affected at some point in our lives. So being able to talk about mental health is something that’s important for us all. The fact that it’s sometimes difficult to talk about mental health problems can be one of the hardest parts of having a mental illness. Whether its fear or awkwardness about talking to someone you know about their mental health problem – or talking about our own mental health problem, being unable to talk about mental health isn’t good for anyone”.
Dawn added “Time to Talk Day is a great opportunity to say that we should be talking about mental health every day.
“It’s a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. Wherever you are – at home, at work or up the top of mountain! – join us and have your conversation about mental health”
Mental health, like physical health can be lost, maintained or improved and there are a wide range of factors that can positively or negatively affect it.
Risks to mental health and well-being include:
- life events and social factors that we have little or no control over such as: bereavement, exposure to abuse, homelessness, and being bullied or rejected; and
- individual and family factors such as physical disability, poor health in infancy, neglect in childhood and family violence.Protective factors include
- Previous strategies for child, adolescent and adult mental health in Wales have primarily focused on treating and supporting those with a mental illness. It is possible to go beyond those groups and look at the mental health of the whole population. Positive mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness; it is a positive attribute in its own right.
- Connecting with the people around you
- Being active
- Eating a healthy diet
- Reflecting on experiences to appreciate what is important
- Keeping an active brain, the lifelong learning approach