I like talking. Some people might say a bit too much…
I suppose it’s always been a big part of my job. Asking people questions and listening to answers, turning the information I hear into a press release, feature, or news story.
Until recently I had never realised the immense power of talk to help people.
Our recent work with two organisations - the new South Yorkshire Chaplaincy & Listening Service and Derwent Rural Counselling Service - has emphasised the importance of being able to have a conversation if you need help or are struggling.
One service offers a listening service for people in workplaces across the South Yorkshire region and builds on existing active services – the Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy and Sheffield Listening Services – and is available to everyone in the workplace, irrespective of their faith.
The other, Derwent Rural Counselling Service (DRCS), is a charitable organisation offering talking therapies and wellbeing programmes for individuals, schools and employers across Derbyshire including the Peak District.
Both are designed as a support network for people struggling with the pressures of life – whether that is encouragement and support to therapy and counselling.
Often the hardest part is acknowledging you have a problem and need to talk to someone. Many feel there is no-one to turn to or there are stigmas around mental health issues.
But there has never been a better time than now to pick up the phone or call in and have a conversation about how you feel and benefit from the help that others can provide.
Talking therapy is a great way to get to grips with how you feel and how you can decide what’s best for you.
Effective listening can provide the space, security and respect you may need to be understood better. You can clarify your thoughts or feelings, process events and issues in a way that empowers you and helps your decision making.
It doesn’t matter who you talk to, but if you are struggling, you should talk to someone.
DRCS can be contacted on 0800 047 6861 and SYCLS can be contacted on 07971 399514.