It's 'Time to Talk Day' which is a movement of mental health awareness run by Time To Change: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/about-mental-health
I wanted to use the day to be open about my own mental health and talk about how the Mind Poetry Anthology, Please Hear What I'm Not Saying, will help charity Mind to help those suffering from mental health problems.
In my teens, I went to CAMHS - 'a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.' (NHS website) and went through a therapy called CBT.
The aim of CBT is to challenge patterns of behaviour and thought processes that are negative, destructive or distressing and replace them with more positive thought patterns. CBT teaches lifelong skills and coping strategies and I find it much easier to rationalise my thought processes as
However, not everyone has a successful referral from their GP for this, and I was lucky.
The Mind Anthology will allow more people to get the support they need and the respect they deserve.
The book's price (released on the 8th of Feb) will reflect the money needed to offer a infoline team member answer a call from someone in desperate need of support.
Buying two books will help Mind campaign for better access to talking therapies, crisis care and other essential mental health services.
Three books will keep Elefriends, Mind's online support community, running for 1 hour.
I'm looking forward to sharing the book with you and so are the 116 poets involved!