It’s good to talk. That’s what National Conversation Week is trying to get us to talk about. In a world full of emails, tweets and mobile phone screens it sometimes feels that the old art of sitting down with family or friends and having a chat face to face is slowly being lost. Nothing compares in life to having a connection with somebody in the flesh, and there’s lots of evidence to suggest that the more we talk to the people around us, even a brief conversation with the postman, the better it is for our physical and emotional well-being. (Your Phone Vs. Your Heart- The New York Times) Too many people in modern life feel trapped and isolated, regardless of how many Facebook friends they have. As Jung reflected, "Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible".
Having the time to reach out to other people, whether it’s over a friendly meal or a sit down for a good heart to heart can be essential in helping us to feel more connected to each other and the world. It also gives us meaningful opportunities to share our thoughts and feelings and to listen to others.
At BYHP, we know how important it is for our young people to feel they have someone they can talk to. Sitting down with one of our counsellors is often a vital opportunity for our young people to share their thoughts, feelings and worries in a safe setting and to feel that someone is listening. Our family mediation services also aims to help bring families together, to get talking, finding ways of managing conflicts and working towards resolutions that are beneficial for everyone.
If you feel you or someone you know could benefit from some support, please contact us for more information or to book an appointment with one of our counsellors or family mediators.
01295 259 442
2 Chandos Close, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 4TL
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