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An illustration by artist Stephen Collins for the Time To Change campaign.
Talking about mental health can be hard, I know. When you want to check in on someone else, even someone close to you, it can feel awkward, inappropriate, or prying. Talking about your own mental health can be just as if not more difficult. You think that your problems are your own, you don’t need to dump them on someone else. You don’t want to be a wet noodle. And, very often, it can be frightening and hard to face what you’re going through honestly enough to be capable of and willing to talk about it. I’ve never been good at it. But it’s important for everyone, myself included, to try. When you’re having difficulties in life, try to find the strength to talk to someone about them. When someone you know seems to be having a hard time, or just haven’t been themselves lately, try to lend a hand. Find out how they’re doing and offer yourself as an outlet. Everyone likes to run around acting as though everything is a-OK all the time, but we all know that isn’t how life works. Don’t be afraid to talk to those around you about mental health, both theirs and your own. It can only make life - and the world - better for everyone.

An illustration by artist Stephen Collins for the Time To Change campaign.

Talking about mental health can be hard, I know. When you want to check in on someone else, even someone close to you, it can feel awkward, inappropriate, or prying. Talking about your own mental health can be just as if not more difficult. You think that your problems are your own, you don’t need to dump them on someone else. You don’t want to be a wet noodle. And, very often, it can be frightening and hard to face what you’re going through honestly enough to be capable of and willing to talk about it. I’ve never been good at it. But it’s important for everyone, myself included, to try. When you’re having difficulties in life, try to find the strength to talk to someone about them. When someone you know seems to be having a hard time, or just haven’t been themselves lately, try to lend a hand. Find out how they’re doing and offer yourself as an outlet. Everyone likes to run around acting as though everything is a-OK all the time, but we all know that isn’t how life works. Don’t be afraid to talk to those around you about mental health, both theirs and your own. It can only make life - and the world - better for everyone.