Thursday February 2 is Time to Talk Day, a day which is to encourage around the clock conversations about mental health.
The day has been organised by Time to Change, a growing movement of people who aim to change how people think and act about mental health problems.
Currently, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions. Talking about mental health should not be difficult and it can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or going for a walk and listening to someone about how they feel. Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life.
Time to Talk Day is designed to give more people than ever the chance to talk and listen about mental health, and this includes those going through a divorce or suffering domestic abuse.
Here at The Family Law Company we appreciate that our clients are going through a difficult time, whether they are facing issues of divorce, concerns about their children or any other family matter. Any type of litigation in family proceedings can be isolating, daunting and stressful.
So, The Family Law Company encourages clients to talk about how they are feeling – and we also encourage our staff to listen to these concerns. We always consider the emotional impact proceedings may have on clients so we can help them address these issues.
We also understand that for our colleagues, family law can be a stressful area to work in. We have implemented an open-door policy so that we can talk to each other about any difficult cases we may be facing. We have also set up a wellbeing group to support our staff during time of stress.
Today we would encourage you all to speak to people. If you know someone that might be going through a difficult time, do not feel awkward or embarrassed to ask how they are, or perhaps invite them out for a coffee. Remember that a problem shared is a problem halved.