World Suicide Prevention Day is taking place on 10th September and World Mental Health Day, which is also focusing on suicide prevention this year, is taking place on 10th October. This year, to mark these two important days, we will be running a month-long campaign highlighting the importance of listening and encouraging people to develop their active listening skills.
Opening up and talking about our concerns and feelings will often have a therapeutic effect. Many of us prefer not to talk about what’s bothering us; however, reaching out, either to share our own problems or act as a sounding board for others in need of help, is a valuable, simple way of easing worries and break the stigma attached to talking about mental health. Every situation is different, and there are no definitive answers. It can be as simple as getting them to talk about what’s happening and listening to their problems and worries. It is important that we look out for one another.
Click here to find out more about our Art of Active Listening Campaign.
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