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Time to Talk

Today's awareness day is Time to Talk, and that's what we need to do.

You don’t need to contact a counsellor, therapist or even your hairdresser for a chat. Today is a good day to get in touch with a friend, family or even a colleague who you haven't spoken to for a while. Thing is, you don't need to talk about anything REALLY deep, but discussing how you are feeling on a slightly lighter level is a start.

One way to help can be to tell your story online, you never know it might reach and help thousands. I know this sounds easy for me to say, you think I don't say much about my own history so here's a piece. I am the youngest of three siblings, I have two older brothers and they both a bit taller than me. When I was younger, my parents went through quite a hard divorce. There were times when I had to cook, shop, and basically do everything by myself. My parents stayed in the same house as they divorced, there were fights not only verbal but sometimes it came close to fists. I remember one occasion when my father had just been shopping and had come home to find my mum had mopped the kitchen floor. Well, they went right into it, I heard the noise and came downstairs to see what was going on. I found them nose to nose about to get physical, so I stepped in and screamed at them both. I told them I would never speak to either of them again or ran to my room. One after the other they came to my room and apologise, I felt torn apart. You can probably imagine the emotions that I went through, and I know I'm not the only one with this type of story. This is only a small part of my story there is more, but that's for another day.

When I started training to be a counsellor the one thing, I worried about was, talking. Talking to a person that didn't know me, to hear what I kept in my head and my thoughts, they might reject me and class me as someone who can't be helped. My counsellor sat with me as I unpacked everything in my head, I felt all emotions (and I do still now), but together over time, we worked on as much as I wanted. It has helped me, and every now and again I go back for the extra support. Talking really has helped me, it can help you too. Start with a text and see where it goes.

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