Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Let’s talk about mental health As lockdown continues, so too does working at home, furlough, home schooling, limited travel and social opportunities, and of course, not participating in the sport we love, whether as an athlete or a volunteer. Dealing with just one of these can be tough, but lockdown is throwing them all at us, and regardless of age, staying at home is having an impact on everyone’s mental health. While many of us will experience “one of those days”, we can often just put it behind us and move on; for others, dealing with “one of those days” has become tougher and tougher, and that is when it is important to reach out and talk to someone. Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 4 February. Talking about mental health is not always easy but starting a conversation doesn’t have to be awkward, and being there for someone can make a huge difference. The more we can chat openly about how we are coping during lockdown and the impact it may be having on our mental health, the more we can help break the stigma of mental health as a taboo topic. This year’s focus is on the power of small, because however you have a conversation about mental health – whether it’s a quick message to a colleague, a virtual coffee morning, or a socially distanced walk and talk – it has the power to make a big difference. Tips on how best to do this can be found on the Time to Talk website. Scottish Swimming has a page dedicated to Mental Health & Wellbeing on the website. While we are in no way experts on the subject, our aim is to try and share links to organisations, which can offer our members the practical support they may need to help each other, and themselves, during hard times. Remember, it’s OK not to be OK.