The wonderful people at the mental health charity 'Mind' have put their heads together to create a 'time to talk' day which will take place on the 2nd of February yearly. The idea of the day is to prompt people to be open to starting a conversation or a dialogue about mental health and is a time for people to come together to talk and listen to each other. Whilst the purpose is not to 'make' people talk about their own mental health if they don't want to, it is a good day to be reflective on mental health issues in general and gives people the space to talk should they feel it would help them.
We know that taking the time to really listen to each other and give people an outlet to speak about feelings is really important and makes people's lives better. Mind reports that one in four people will experience mental health problems in any given year. We at Mosaic are really passionate about keeping mental health discussions at the forefront of people's minds as we are so involved in therapy practices and see mental health challenges daily in our agency. Everything we do is to help make children's lives better and helping both them, our foster parents and our staff to talk or recognise their feelings is important to us. Taking time to listen, be patient and talk through problems people may have, without promising to 'fix' things, may really help someone.
We have many ways in which we try to support people to be aware of mental health issues in our agency. From monthly reflective practice for staff to weekly check ins with foster parents and protected case loads fo social workers.
While not every child in care will suffer from mental health issues, there will be many who will possibly as a result of trauma they’ve experienced in the past. That’s why access to therapists and mental healthcare is extremely important in fostering and one of the things we really focus on in terms of the extended support we offer. If you would like to learn more about our therapeutic practices that we have at Mosaic, give this page a look!
Mind have pulled together some great ideas on what you can do to get involved in time to talk day, you can find them here. Some of our favorites are below;