Why talking helps

When you're going through a tough time, one of the best and most effective things you can do to feel better is to talk to someone. We asked a bunch of young people and experts to explain why talking is so effective.

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Why does talking to someone help?

  • Talking to someone can help you feel less alone, and like you’re not the only one going through something.

  • Sometimes, you’re not looking for the person you speak to to solve your problems, you just want them to listen. You can feel a lot better after just letting it out.

  • Often, people find talking to someone so helpful that they wish they’d done it a lot sooner.

  • Experts say that talking can provide stress relief, and can lighten the load of a concern someone might be having.

  • Talking about a problem can help to start breaking it into smaller parts, which can stop you from feeling so overwhelmed.

  • Choosing someone from outside of the situation can help you have a different perspective on things.

What can I do now?