How do you really feel?
World Mental Health Day
You are not alone
It’s important to talk about how you feel
At Orri, we specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, so we understand the importance of talking about mental health.
Talking to somebody can be more difficult than we think, especially when it’s about something that’s making us feel down or that we might feel some shame around.
But, it’s important to talk about things before the problem becomes bigger than ourselves. Sharing your worries or anxieties with another person can help to alleviate how you are feeling.
Fo people suffering with mental health conditions, talking is the first step towards recovery.
“Through honesty, you are allowed to not be ok. Sometimes, by saying this out loud, you are allowing someone to hear you – to hold you. You may wish to protect the person you are talking to but don’t forget to protect and honour yourself too.”
Tips for talking about mental health
Talking about your mental health
1. Talk to somebody you trust
Chat to a friend, relative, or a trusted colleague. Alternatively, you might find ease in opening up to an unfamiliar person. You might want to write down how you are feeling to feel prepared. If you’re really struggling, you can call a support hotline like Samaritans or SANEline.
2. Talk in a place that makes you feel comfortable
Selecting a location where you feel at ease to express yourself is important. Opting for a secluded spot where there are no interruptions might be a wise choice. Additionally, considering a chat while engaging in an activity, such as walking or grabbing a coffee, could also help to open up.
3. Be prepared for their reaction
While opening up can provide supportive interactions, responses may vary. If someone reacts unexpectedly, perhaps from worry or misunderstanding, give them time to process and consider talking to them again to help them understand. Always prioritise self-care and kindness towards yourself. You can’t help others until you help yourself.
Talking to someone about their mental health
1. Find a space to talk where you won’t be interrupted
If you’re concerned about someone, choose a distraction-free spot for a chat and ensure you’re fully present. Consider turning off your phone to focus better.
2. Listen to the person, but also ask questions
Being a good listener can be incredibly supportive. Demonstrate active listening by maintaining eye contact, facing them, and avoiding interruptions. Asking related questions can both help you understand them better and convey that you’re genuinely engaged, without diverting the topic.
3. Let them know you’re here to support
Ask about ways you can assist or propose ideas instead of directing their next steps. They might seek help with scheduling a doctor’s visit, need assistance with household tasks, or simply wish for you to just talk normally by sharing updates about your life as a distraction. If they know you’re here for them, they can talk to you more when the time feels right.
What is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day, marked on October 10th, is a global initiative to promote mental health awareness, combat stigma, and encourage supportive policies. Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health and backed by WHO, it highlights varying annual themes to ensure inclusive and accessible mental health conversations and resources. The day unites efforts worldwide to emphasise the importance of mental wellbeing and advocate for empathetic, supportive environments.
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How does Orri support mental health?
At Orri, we understand that every person’s mental health is unique and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when treating mental health conditions such as eating disorders. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to eating disorder treatment, focusing not only on the physical symptoms but also on the psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to the condition. By addressing the root causes of the eating disorder and supporting individuals’ mental health needs, we aim to empower clients to achieve sustainable recovery and improved overall wellbeing.