Time to Talk
With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing symptoms of mental illness each year, it is little wonder there is a growth in government funded initiatives and global campaign strategies aimed at increasing awareness and reducing stigma associated with mental health. Whilst there has been a significant increase in service use by children and adolescents with mental disorders since the millennium (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016) there are still many out there too afraid to talk.
Thursday the 7th of February was National Time to Talk Day in the United Kingdom, a campaign designed to encourage conversations about mental health. By supporting more people to talk about mental health, we can help break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and reduce stigma.
As a parent, it can sometimes be challenging to talk to your children about mental health and general wellbeing. I wanted to share with you a post I came across online which outlines some excellent conversation starers you may like to use with your children in the future: