Time to change - ask twice.
Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience issues with their mental health at some point in their life? So if you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, stress or any other mental health issue, you’re far from alone.
Sometimes people find it hard to reach out to others and admit that they’re struggling, and even if asked how they are, will tell you they’re fine. For some, the stigma surrounding mental illness and the fear that they will be judged is just too much for them to feel they can share their problems. The Covid-19 pandemic has had an isolating effect too, and perhaps people feel that the support they need is not available at the moment.
A new “Time to Change” campaign seeking to end the stigma of mental illness and encourage people to check in on their friends has been in the news lately, particularly since Roman Kemp talked about the suicide of his best friend Joe Lyons in his BBC documentary “Our Silent Emergency”. The campaign stresses how important it is to ask your mates how they are, not just once, but twice:
“If a mate says he’s fine, he might not be. A second ‘how are you’ can make all the difference.” *
It’s good to know that a friend is there for you, genuinely cares, and will not judge you if you’re struggling. It’s also good to know that if you, or a friend, is suffering with any kind of mental illness that professional support is available.
Whether you’re a prospective student worried about the transition from school to College or a current student worried about your studies or have some personal issues, we have support available for you here at the College.
Here’s a reminder of the teams we have here to help you, and if you click through to our website using the links, you’ll find more information on how they can help and how you can contact them:
In fact, we’re all here to help each other, and that’s what this campaign is all about. There’s no shame in asking for help and talking about our struggles, and sometimes we need to offer that help to others without them asking.
One way you may be able to support your friends, colleagues and classmates is to reconnect. We’ve all felt isolated during lockdown and perhaps have lost touch with some of our friends. Now’s the time to reach out and ask how they’re doing – and remember don’t just ask once. If they say they’re fine, ask them again!
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