‘A problem shared is a problem halved’

If you’re feeling troubled, talking can be a great way to deal with your problems, banish (or at least lighten) the blues and help stay mentally well. Talking about feelings isn’t a sign of weakness either – it takes guts to open up – but being overwhelmed can sometimes be a sign you’ve been trying to be too strong for too long!

There’s a lot to be said for taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy. It could be that a friend or neighbour – or even a teacher or a boss – can help you solve a practical problem, but perhaps a problem shared really is a problem halved (great minds think alike!)

Simply by being listened to you can feel less alone and more supported. You can express how you feel using as many words as you wish, or as few as you want. Let someone know what’s going on inside your head and how that’s left you feeling.

Try and pick the right time to talk about your feelings, perhaps over a snack or while you’re doing something with someone. You might be surprised how good you make them feel that you picked them to talk to. You might find out they feel similarly, or did in the past. And you might just have the best, most meaningful conversation both of you ever had and forge a bond!

Sanity check: Choose your person and time carefully, and if it doesn’t go well or they use what you’ve said against you don’t trust them again.