How Are You Really Feeling?

Just asking someone how they are really feeling could save a life.

It's OK to talk about mental health

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We're trying to reduce the stigma of Mental Health, and we all need to be braver in talking about it, and asking how our friends and family are. Let's not just accept OK or FINE as answers. Take the time to ask them again how they are REALLY feeling, and let's take the time to listen to what they have to say. Sometimes someone who is feeling upset might not admit it to you the first time, so ask them again if you suspect something is wrong.

We've produced a helpful how are you really feeling leaflet with some tips on how to start a conversation if you're feeling awkward about it. If the person does open up to you, and says they're not ok - then the leaflet has some helpful tips for them to use.

If someone you know needs help urgently the best thing to do is persuade them to call their GP. 

If someone needs someone to talk to at any time of day or night Samaritans will listen 24/7 365 days a year. They can be called for free from a landline or mobile on 116 123.

If you see the ASIST logo anywhere, there will be somebody ready, willing and able to support you by providing suicide first aid. 

Under 35? call the Papyrus HopeLine on 0800 0684141 or text 07786 209697. They are contactable 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends and 2pm-5pm on bank holidays.

In a non-crisis situation you can refer yourself and get support online from Outlook South West.

For healthy lifestyle advice that can improve your emotional wellbeing, you can get help from the Health Promotion Service by calling 01209 615600 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Or if you're a young person in Cornwall you can find information on the Mind Your Way website.

The Mental Health Foundation has 10 top tips for looking after your mental health.

  • Keep in touch
  • Keep active
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Take a break
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Care for others
  • Eat well
  • Accept who you are
  • Ask for help

You'll start to see these appearing in coffee shops, hairdressers, taxis etc across Cornwall. If you'd like to display some in your workplace, or local shop you can email healthycios@cornwall.gov.uk to request leaflets and posters. 

If you have used our leaflet and it helped you to help someone, we'd really love it if you could tell us by emailing healthycios@cornwall.gov.uk.

The idea for this campaign came from the Cornwall Towards Zero Suicide collaborative conferences held over 2016 and 2017 which is a multi-agency approach funded by the Duchy Charity.