Time to Talk

Date Published: 14th January 2020

Did you know, a staggering 1 out of 4 are affected by mental health issues?* 

It’s time to talk about it. 

‘Time to Talk Day’ is being held on Thursday 6th February, and encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to listen, talk and change lives.

At Teesside Hospice we care for people who are going through some of the most difficult times in their lives. This is why it is so important to encourage talking; to offer our support and let local people know that we are here for them.

There’s no question about it; receiving a terminal diagnosis is life-changing, for both the individual and their loved ones. We need to make sure that the right support is there, and keep the door open for honest conversations. Being there for someone can make such a huge difference to their life. Ask your friends and family if they are okay. Ask twice. Sometimes we say that we are okay, when really we aren’t. Asking twice with interest can show your loved ones that you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk.

Too many people still feel isolated or ashamed when it comes to mental health, and this is something that we want to challenge and overcome. When you’re faced with difficult times, it can really impact your mental health and emotional wellbeing. Whether you visit us for a drop-in, or you’re coming to stay with us – we try to make your time as comfortable and supported as possible. From our peaceful green spaces for reflection, to our calming bedrooms and communal spaces, we work really hard to make the hospice a warm, welcoming environment; a home from home.

At Teesside Hospice we’re helping people make the most of every day, ensuring they receive the best possible care by creating experiences and memories that they cherish.

Over the past few months in the hospice we’ve seen therapy animals, choirs, music and dancing, ballet lessons, baking, exercise and arts and crafts. Alongside the more regular, and more specific weekly groups, such as our Life Story Clinic, where we create memory boxes and share stories, concerns and feelings together in a supportive environment.

We know how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is, and at the hospice we have something for everyone to get involved in. Whether that’s a fun activity, or as simple as a friendly face to share your worries with, you’re not alone. It’s time to talk and we’re here for you.

David Smith, Chief Executive

*Time to Change

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