Could you be a better listener?
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.