Could you be a bet­ter lis­tener?

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

La­nark­shire Breath­ing Space are re­mind­ing peo­ple that lis­ten­ing and be­ing lis­tened to is good for your men­tal health.

The char­ity are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take some time out to do some­thing pos­i­tive for their men­tal well-be­ing.

With 2016 be­ing de­clared Scot­land’s year of lis­ten­ing, NHS La­nark­shire’s pub­lic men­tal health and well-be­ing de­vel­op­ment man­ager, Kevin O’Neill, said: “Re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships where we feel lis­tened to can have a huge pos­i­tive im­pact on our sense of well-be­ing.

“Be­ing lis­tened to helps us feel con­nected, con­tribut­ing to im­proved feel­ings of self­worth, self-con­fi­dence and hap­pi­ness.

“We all like to think we are good lis­ten­ers but we want peo­ple to ask them­selves if they are re­ally lis­ten­ing and if they could be a bet­ter lis­tener.

“We’d also en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions to show their sup­port for the year of lis­ten­ing by sign­ing the pledge on the Breath­ing Space web­site.”

Breath­ing Space is Scot­land’s na­tional tele­phone ser­vice for any­one feel­ing low, anx­ious or stressed. For more, call 0800 83 85 87 or visit www. breath­ingspace. scot. You can also con­tact the Sa­mar­i­tans on 116 123.

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