Let's talk about talking

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Lockdown has stopped us interacting with others as much as we might normally do. So, we want to emphasise how important it is simply to talk to someone you trust when you feel you want, or need, to. 

Talking things through will help you see and hear your problems differently, and more clearly, give you a new perspective, and identify new options you maybe hadn’t thought of. You will also find that you aren’t alone in your concerns and - most importantly - talking can help you release the stress of carrying any burden you may feel.

It’s really important to express your feelings; to break the physical and emotional tension you may be experiencing, and to give you that insight you may be missing. It’s also important to stop things escalating to a point from which it is so much harder to return; talking really can help you nip things in the bud.

Taking just ten minutes to let people know what you are coping with can make a huge difference to your day.

  • So find someone you can trust: your partner, friends, family or maybe a colleague. 
  • Talk to your Line Manager and let them know how you are feeling.  
  • Know that the EAP is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You don’t need to struggle alone.

Speak to someone you trust

Whether that’s family, friends, work colleagues or your line manager.
You can also contact the EEAST Being Well Team: wellbeing@eastamb.nhs.uk

Call the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) on 0808 196 2374.

You, or your immediate family, can contact the EAP to discuss all types of personal issues (financial, parenting, caring and so on), on a confidential basis     

Call the EEAST Crisis Line on 0808 196 2370
When life gets too tough: you don’t know what to do or who to turn to


We want to make sure that all our staff, volunteers and students are aware of the support available to them.  This message is important, so please share the message with your teams and colleagues. 

Next week, we will suggest what you can do if a colleague or friend wants to talk to you.


Published 11th March 2021