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Time to Talk Day 1st February
Woodturning means different things to different people.
To some, woodturning is ‘just’ a hobby that gets them out, creative and active with their hands. To others it is a means of escape, and a chance to just ‘Be’, away from the trials and tribulations of real life. Turning can be a coping mechanism for mental health problems like stress and PTSD.
We are mentioning this today as Thursday 1st February is ‘Time to Talk Day’, spearheaded by Mind,
(from their website):
‘Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives.
Time to Talk Day 2024 will take place 1 February 2024. It’s run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is being delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running. Across the UK, it’s delivered by See Me in Scotland, Inspire in Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales.
The more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s even harder to say how you really feel. But a conversation has the power to change lives.’
Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people in the UK (Mind), and they can manifest themselves in different ways. Sufferers will often hide their symptoms from those around them, leading them to feel alone and isolated which can compound their problem.
This is why talking about mental health is so important. There is no shame in admitting to having a problem. There is also no shame in seeking help, either professionally or through a friend to start with.
Woodturning and Mental Health
As mentioned at the top of this post, Woodturning can help with mental health problems. Perhaps it is the opportunity to hyper-focus on something that helps, or maybe it is the act of using your hands to make something without staring at a screen at work . . .
We have the pleasure of teaching turning to people from many walks of life. We often learn about their lives and how they got into turning or why they want to start turning. Some are retired people picking the hobby up to give them something to do. Others find turning an excellent escape from the stresses of their job. Some others are far harder to listen to: Ex-service personnel occasionally open up about their experiences, how they have been affected and how woodturning helps them cope with their PTSD.
A Problem Shared . . .
From my own experience, opening up to a trusted person about the state of your mental health can be a weight lifted from your mind. It can be scary at first, but that first conversation makes it much easier to be open about how you feel further down the line. There is a lot to be said about the saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.
If you have a mental health problem, or suspect you may have one, Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about your mental health.
Mind, the Mental Health Charity: https://www.mind.org.uk/
Time to Talk Website: https://timetotalkday.co.uk/
NHS Mental Health Services: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/
The Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/