#timetotalk Day: Ending the stigma surrounding Mental Health

Did you know that 1 in 4 people are affected by mental illness every year?

Today is Time For Change’s #timetotalk day, where people are encouraged to spend five minutes having a conversation about mental health.

The day hopes to end the stigma surrounding mental health, which people fear will affect their jobs and relationships.

Once you’ve had your five minute conversation, don’t forget to log your five minutes here.

Souvenir Press publishes a number of books that help to support those living with mental illness, and those who simply want to learn more about mental health.

Undoing Depression by Richard O’Connor

Rated 4.8/5 stars on Amazon, Richard O’Connor’s Undoing Depression teaches us how to replace depressive patterns of thought and behaviour with new, positive skills. Anyone who has taught themselves to live with depression can teach themselves to live without it. Recognising that medication is not a magic cure, it offers a range of therapies, from exercise to self-help and psychotherapy, and includes entirely new chapters on using meditation and the role of stress in depression.

“A clear understanding of the nature of depression and the struggles associated with it…the most important measure of this book will be whether the reader finds it helpful in recovery; I am confident that many will.”
Depression Alliance

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Living with Mental Illness by Liz Kuipers

This helpful, practical book has established itself as an essential resource for all who care for the severely mentally ill, providing advice on how to cope day-to-day and what resources and services are available.

Written by a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist Living with Mental Illness explains what it feels like to be mentally ill, and the extensive resource section has been updated to make it a topical guide available to families and professionals. It looks at the new drug and psychological treatments now available and discusses legislation and the statutory rights of the mentally ill.

Sympathetic, comprehensive and understanding, this invaluable book can play a major role in helping those caring for anyone with a mental illness, easing the difficulties of those caught in what may seem a hopeless situation.

“Its aim is to provide information and practical advice to carers on mental illness, services, treatment, legal matters and benefits… it is well-ordered and clearly written.”
‘Mental Health Care’

Cognitive Therapy in Action by Ivy-Marie Blackburn and Vivien Twaddle

Cognitive therapy is the established method of helping people to overcome states of depression, anxiety or other emotional conditions.

With an introduction to the development and application of cognitive therapy, Cognitive Therapy in Action goes on to outline how it can work for a therapist or counsellor. Covering cases from depression and panic disorder to bulimia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, giving details of the process of the therapy in each case.

This is an invaluable practical guide to how cognitive therapy works for clinical psychologists, students, social workers, nurses and psychiatrists.

“It is so clearly written that I am certain a novice therapist would not feel overwhelmed by the content… If you are learning or practicing cognitive therapy and only purchase one book this year, this is the one to buy.”
‘British Journal of Medical Psychology’

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