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Today, 2nd February 2017, is Time to Talk day. A day to get people to talk and raise awareness about Mental Health. This is a subject very close to my heart. The more awareness raised hopefully the less people that will feel lonely, ashamed and isolated by an illness truly out of their control.
As a Mummy to 3 children I have always tried my best to be honest and open with them. But on a level they will understand. As someone who has suffered from anxiety and depression I try my very best to keep lines of communication always open. I want them to always be able to feel they can talk to me and to always have someone.
My children are still young at 8, 5 and 2 but just because they are young doesn’t mean they can’t feel. Little people have such big emotions. Yet they often don’t understand how to deal with them. Little people often get told off for having tantrums, whinging, being grumpy but often this is a sign they are trying to figure out different emotions. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been there when you’re having one of those days and just haven’t the patience. And then I’ve also had the massive guilt trip afterwards for not dealing with my little one in a way I wish I had.
Alongside talking I have always used books as a way to help my children through new experiences. This maybe a sticker book about moving house, a story about a new baby or an activity book about starting school. Books have a magical way of imparting knowledge in a special interactive way.
So today on Time to Talk Day take a bit of time to talk to someone, especially if you feel they need someone. But also look out for those who may have a smile on their face because often they are the ones putting a special show on for the world. That’s the thing with Mental Health you never know who may need someone.