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A time to talk

A campaign that’s really grabbed my attention this new year is the Time to Change initiative to get people talking about mental health issues and end the stigma around mental health.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives but unlike so many other illnesses, it is still a condition that people will go to extraordinary lengths to hide, especially in the workplace. Perhaps it’s time to take a look around you?

The campaign seems to resonate with my new year mood – let’s be bigger, bolder and more direct – let’s acknowledge the things we can do better and look for ways to change and improve them!  Changing and innovating doesn’t necessarily mean doing something new, unheard of or downright wacky … sometimes it’s enough just to go back to the drawing board and look for what is missing.  In this case, talking (to people, not about them!).

There are important lessons in here for businesses and organisations of all sizes, as well as for each of us as individuals.  As we try to grow, develop, attract clients or improve ourselves and adapt to the never-ending economic gloom, don’t forget to challenge convention, communicate and, perhaps most importantly, not lose sight of what is under your nose.  As the Time to Talk TV ad shows, doing something new is rarely the hurdle you fear.

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