Hi my name is Tom, and in the past year, I created a movement called @talk_totom_shropshire based in Shrewsbury UK.
I simply go to local coffee shops or local parks to meet with anyone who just needs someone to talk to. I’m not a professional in counselling but I want to show that you can make a difference by listening and being there for someone who needs it.
I wanted to make a positive impact on my community and show that there are people out there who want to help and share their own coping mechanisms around their mental health.
If you have free time and you want to make a difference to someone in your community, this movement shows you can simply by giving either 10, 20 minutes or even an hour to listen.
Not only does this act of kindness make someone feel heard and grateful, it makes you feel good inside as well. If we can all give some time to people, we can tackle this stigma around mental health head on.
Be that person.